Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, June 1969

vogue: From the Archives: Bathing Suits in Vogue Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, June 1969 black-white-white-white

1950s swimsuits.  Makes me think of Disney (Cinderella, Snow White, Belle).

Many decades ago, long before the beach became synonymous with bikini-clad hotties, there were simply ladies in modest swim wear, out for a dip rather than a swim. Take a look at some classic swim wear photos from the pages of vintage fashion magazines.

Jean Patchett photographed by Clifford Coffin for Vogue, 1950.

Original caption: Model wearing a baby blue with white embroidered bathing suit by Carolyn Schnurer. Jean Patchett Baby Blue Swimsuit with White Embroidery – Vogue – 1950 – Photo Clifford Coffin

Claire McCardell’s modern playsuit, buttoning at the front, tied at the waist and worn with a beret, 1953 // Photo by John Rawlings

Claire McCardell’s effortless, modern playsuit, buttoning at the front, tied at the waist and worn with a beret, photo by John Rawlings - 1953

Twiggy, 1967. Photograph by Richard Avedon. pic.twitter.com/I3TxNTcdVg

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Big and bold makeup (mod model twiggy in mod make-up. Party at the Walker

Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1969.

Gloria Vanderbilt in Fortuny, photographed by Richard Avedon for VOGUE 1969 /Photo: Arnaud de Rosnay for Vogue, Dress by Mary McFadden.

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How cute are these piped, pleated, swimsuits! Of course with matching wide-brimmed straw hats. Dior bathing suits, circa theniftyfifties: Lovely Dior bathing suits, Photo by Henry Clarke.

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1969 Vogue: It’s officially swimsuit season! Here’s an in-depth look at the style evolution of the bathing suit over the years.Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, June 1969

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