Bathing beauties
Workshops & Courses

Bathing Beauties: Vintage Swimwear

Join Jill Salen for this online ses­sion on the his­to­ry of Eng­lish swimwear focus­ing on the indi­vid­ual gar­ments of both men and women.

Sea bathing outfits were being designed as early as the 1780s. By the 1880s the general population was becoming more enthusiastic about healthy pursuits, cycling, walking, golf and swimming. To allow these pastimes to be pursued appropriate clothes were required, however, by today’s standards these elaborate garments are rarely appropriate.

Jill Salen is a retired lecturer in costume. As a freelance costume maker she has made costumes for many clients, including Shakespeare's Globe, Cosprop, and the Welsh National Opera. She is also the author of a number of successful publications on corsetry, costume history and construction.

This event will take place online as a Zoom session. Details will be emailed to you in advance of the date.
Bathing beauties