Jantzen coins the term “swimming suit” (formerly bathing suit) and debuts its iconic Diving Girl logo.
Esther Williams, a.k.a. the Million Dollar Mermaid, popularizes the aqua-musical.
The first-ever Barbie doll arrives wearing a strapless zebra-striped bathing suit.
Disney requests Mouseketeer Annette Funicello wear a one-piece in a series of beach-party movies—even Bikini Beach.
Designer Rudi Gernreich debuts the scandalous breast-baring monokini.
A Charlie’s Angels poster depicting Farrah Fawcett in a red one-piece sells over 12 million copies. (The suit is now at the Smithsonian.)
Pam Anderson’s tank-suit-wearing lifeguard, C. J. Parker, slow-jogs into living rooms on Baywatch.
The birth of the Burqini: a hooded, full-body swimsuit for beachgoing Muslims.
Speedo’s ultra-streamlined LZR Racer is called “drugs on a hanger” after swimmers set 22 new world records.
The modern-day monokini—a one-piece with liberal cutouts—enters the mainstream.
Jennifer Lawrence’s streamlined Calvin Klein Oscar gown draws obvious Baywatch parallels.
The one-piece reigns at the Coachella festival, a perennial bellwether for summer trends (see jean shorts, 2010).