8 ICONIC SWIMWEAR MOMENTS IN FILM

From Brigitte Bardot's ground-breaking white bikini to Grace Kelly's timeless Riviera one-piece – these are the iconic Hollywood swimwear moments on our summer mood board.

 

ELIZABETH TAYLOR IN 'SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER

In 1959, Elizabeth Taylor proved the power of a beautifully designed one-piece when she wore a white maillot with keyhole cut-out detailing for the film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 'Suddenly, Last Summer'. Worn off the shoulder and with a deep bronze tan, the simple silhouette and clean lines have stood the test of time. 

 

DEBORAH KERR IN 'FROM HERE TO ETERNITY'

Although it is now considered a classic, Deborah Kerr's halter-neck swimsuit in the 1953 Oscar-winning film, 'From Here to Eternity' was thought to be risqué for the time. Cinched at the waist and with a low-cut back, the seductive style helped make the beach scene it featured in one of the most famous – and erotic – in cinema history. 

 

MARILYN MONROE IN 'HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE'

With a cast including screen sirens Lauren Bacall and and Betty Grable, it is no surprise that the 1953 romantic comedy 'How to Marry a Millionaire' is full of iconic looks. However, most iconic of all is the coral swimsuit Marilyn Monroe wore. The crystal-embellished bandeau is one of the most replicated styles to date. 

 

BRIGITTE BARDOT IN 'A VERY PRIVATE AFFAIR'

When French-born actor Brigitte Bardot wore a white two-piece in the 1958 film 'The Girl in the Bikini', she caused a sensation – it was the first time a bikini had ever been worn on screen. Four years later, Bardot cemented the bikini as a swimwear essential when she wore a white set with ruffled briefs in 'A Very Private Affair'. 

 

ROMEY SCHNEIDER IN 'LA PISCINE'

The epitome of effortless pool-side style, Romey Schneider's white scoop-backed swimsuit stole the screen in the 1969 cult thriller 'La Piscine'. The minimal silhouette is the perfect example of timeless design. 

  

GRACE KELLY IN 'TO CATCH A THIEF'

Set on the French riviera, Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 classic, 'To Catch a Thief' is a treasure trove of vintage summer style inspiration. The buttercup yellow swimsuit worn by Grace Kelly was designed by Hollywood's leading costume designer Edith Head, and it continues to inspire swimwear silhouettes decades later. 

 

URSULA ANDRESS IN 'DR NO'

When Ursual Andress emerged from the ocean as Honey Ryder wearing an ivory cotton bikini in 1962's 'Dr No', a swimwear icon was born. The famous matching set established the signature sexy Bond Girl aesthetic, and shaped the swimwear look of the sixties. 

 

BO DEREK IN 10

So impactful was Bo Derek's gold one-piece in the 1979 film '10', it catapulted the little-known actor to international stardom. The paired-back swimsuit is proof enough that a classic cut and perfect fit are the secrets to stylish, confidence-enhancing swimwear. 

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