I can still remember the first time I made a bathing suit. I was finishing my first year of Fashion Design and, since it was summer at the time, it was the perfect time to learn how to make our own swimwear.
Buying a bikini or a one-piece swimsuit was always a problem for me. Like many others, I have a really hard time finding a size that fits right. But on top of that, my biggest issue was that I wanted to buy something that reflected my personal style and that made me feel good with my own body.
I have always been drawn to a more retro style, which made it even harder to find a swimsuit I could buy. I feel really inspired by the old “beauty icons”. For me, they show us how different body types can look amazing regardless of the size and that, even though those designs covered the body a lot more than now, they didn’t lose their style, glamour and sex appeal. Some people refer to them as “modest”… but in my opinion that’s far from true. It’s just very different to the style we are more used to see nowadays.
The always-gorgeous Sophia Loren
Marilyn, a muse for everyone
With these references in mind, I made my first swimsuit: a high-waisted bikini (a couple of years back, you didn’t see them as much as now). I remember using a dotted black-and-white fabric with some turquoise contrast fabric. Though I wanted to make it look retro, I didn’t want it to be so literal… so I gave it a twist.
After this first attempt, I kept on making other bathing suits for myself. I continued learning how to work with these types of fabrics and how to make my designs come to life. The end result was that, for the first time in ages, I could go to the beach looking the way I wanted.
That’s me! Wearing one of my first “vintage” swimsuits.
The most important part in this whole process of making my first swimsuit was that I discovered what I wanted to keep on doing. Mainly because I realized that through swimwear I could create something that could allow someone else to express their own selves, what makes them unique. And with that, to show the world that we don’t need to be dressed the same way to look good and that we don’t need the same body size for that.