The first swimsuits covered nearly every inch of a woman's body. The first bikini was worn during a Paris fashion show in 1946, according to Swimsuit-style.com
The earliest of swimsuits were made of wool because it remained modestly opaque when wet. However they became quite wet when saturated with water, weighing up to nine pounds.
Spandex, introduced in the 1950s according to Madehow.com, revolutionized the swimsuit industry by allowing a lighter, more fitting swimsuit.
The proper name for a one-piece swimsuit is maillot. Maillots may come in a variety of styles including bandeau, cutouts, one-shoulder and halter neck.
Early men's swimsuits were designed much like women's suits, keeping the chest, arms and legs down to the knee all covered. When men first began to go topless in swimsuits, they could be arrested for indecent exposure.
The term "glamour suit" has been used since the Eisenhower Era to refer to outrageous constructions of anything from flesh-colored mesh and rhinestones to scanty cut-away fabrics and metal embellishments, according to Swimsuit-style.com.