From the time that the Duchess of Berry entered the sea of Dieppe completely clad in several woollen garments and accompanied by a gentleman in a tailcoat and top hat; to the season when the monokini appears only 150 years had passed. This book beautifully illustrated resource starts with Romans in birthday suits and traces the history of bathing attire until 1995.
Doretta Davanzo Poli
Doretta Davanzo Poli is an art historian and the director of the Library of Fabrics at Palazzo Grassi, Venice. She has been Professor of Textile Arts at the University of Udine and is a visiting professor at the Universita Ca’Foscari in Venice. She has organized 70 exhibitions on fabrics, costumes, and embroideries in Venice, Rome, Berlin, New York, London, and Beijing. Poli is the author of two volumes in The Twentieth Century Histories of Fashion series: Beachwear and Bathing Costume and Maternity Fashion.