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History of swimwear traces the changes in the styles of men's and women's swimwear over time and between cultures, and touches on the social, religious and legal attitudes to swimming and swimwear. In classical antiquity and in most cultures, swimming was either in the nude or the swimmer would merely strip to their underwear. In the Renaissance , swimming was strongly discouraged, and into the 18th century swimming was regarded as of doubtful morality, and had to be justified on health grounds. In the Victorian era swimwear was of a style of outer clothing of the time, which were cumbersome and even dangerous in the water, especially in the case of dress-style swimwear for women. Since the early 20th century, swimming came to be regarded as a legitimate leisure activity or pastime and clothing made specifically for swimming became the norm. Since then, swimwear has become increasingly more scanty and form-fitting, despite the objections of conservative elements in the community and moral campaigners, and the use of hi-tech materials has become more common. In classical antiquity swimming and bathing were done naked.
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Such was her fascination that over the period of 12 years between and , Kaplan travelled the world documenting the nudist colonies of California, the hammams of Morocco and the saunas of Poland, where the unsettling history unique to that part of the world hung in the droplets of steam. I would never ask the permission of the owners of the retreats. That was on my mind. But, there were so many other things at play. People were just coming out of the other side of these terrible regimes and having a camera kind of triggered certain things for people. There was a kind of a darkness to it, but also a real warmth in some cases. Kaplan also set out to demystify the nude as a subject, prising nakedness and its equation with sexuality apart. I wanted to break away from that, so wanted to make my images very natural, portraying a mix of age and gender and all shapes and sizes. However, the photographer did encounter places where boundaries became somewhat blurred.