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Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit

By SHERI RADFORD

The Vancouver Maritime Museum, which opened in 1959, sits in seaside Vanier Park

The Vancouver Maritime Museum, which opened in 1959, sits in seaside Vanier Park

To November 2

Best known for displaying model ships, maritime art and the RCMP vessel St. Roch, the Vancouver Maritime Museum presents a more revealing exhibition this summer: Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit. Running the gamut from modest to outrageous, the swimming costumes and teeny-weeny bikinis on display show the evolution of Vancouver’s seaside fashions from 1890 to 1980. And they just might inspire you to don a one-piece, tankini or Speedo and hit the local beaches.

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