Swimwear By the Numbers

It's finally warming up in NYC, which means beach bums are scooping up swimsuits for their first weekend at the shore. In honor of this spandex-appropriate weather, we've put together some interesting little tidbits about swimming costumes.
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It's finally warming up in NYC, which means beach bums are scooping up swimsuits for their first weekend at the shore. In honor of this spandex-appropriate weather, we've put together some interesting little tidbits about swimming costumes.

$3.1 billion: Amount of money spent in the US on swimwear in 2010. (Source: NPD.)

1946: The advent of the modern bikini, created by car engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim.

25,347: The number of results on Amazon.com when you search "swimwear."

1956: Speedo debuts its "swim brief"--aka The Speedo--at the Melbourne Summer Olympics.

$1,000: Average cost of the Glamour Suit, a popular 1950s style made of nude-colored mesh and covered in rhinestones.

$30 million: The price of what makers claim to be the world's most expensive bikini. Designed by Susan Rosen with Steinmetz, the bikini features over 150 carats of diamonds.

30%: The percentage of women's swimwear purchases that were one-piece bathing suits in 2010. (Source: NPD.)