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In need of some swimwear inspiration this summer? We headed to the movie and TV archives in search of the most iconic on-screen men’s and women’s beachside looks of bygone years. We also paired the iconic swimsuits with their 2.0 iterations to help you get the modern day style.


In no particular order, let’s dive in.

Iconic swimwear from And God Created Woman (1956)
Zara Underwired Bikini Top / Zara Gathered Bikini Bottoms

1. And God Created Woman (1956)

The white bikini has been a classic summer style since Brigitte Bardot first sported one on the big screen in this romantic drama.

Iconic swimwear from Die Another Day (2002)
COS Square Neck Bikini Top / COS High Waisted Bikini Briefs

2. Die Another Day (2002)

An orange bikini will forever be synonymous with Halle Berry’s confident ocean emergence in the 20th Bond film.

Iconic swimwear from From here to Eternity (1953)
Balmain Black Swimsuit with Cache-Coeur Effect and Gold-Tone Buttons / Prada Nylon Swim Trunks

3. From Here to Eternity (1953)

This Oscar magnet is remembered for not just that kiss, but for Burt Lancaster’s high men’s trunks and Deborah Kerr’s chic black swimsuit that could almost double as a romper.

Iconic swimwear from Casino Royale (2006)
Vilebrequin Men Fitted Swim Brief Solid in Blue

4. Casino Royale (2006)

Daniel Craig rising from the sea in those blue trunks in his first Bond film caused more commotion than any Bond suit, ever.

Iconic swimwear from Blue Hawaii (1961)
Fendi One-Piece Orange LYCRA® Swimsuit / Vilebrequin Moorea Swim Shorts in White

5. Blue Hawaii (1961)

Elvis Presley’s short, tight white swim trunks might be Blue Hawaii’s most iconic swimwear, but Joan Blackman’s yellow one-piece deserves some spotlight too.

Iconic swimwear from Blue Crush (2002)
Dior Blue Dior Oblique Technical Fabric Bikini Top / COS Brazilian-Fit Bikini Bottoms in Bright Blue

6. Blue Crush (2002)

Kate Bosworth and her surfer girl companions inspired women everywhere to start mismatching their bikini sets.

Iconic swimwear from Suddenly Last Summer (1959)
Louis Vuitton Monogram Flounce One-Piece Swimsuit

7. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Elizabeth Taylor’s character, Catherine Holly, wore this now-legendary, slightly-off shoulder white one-piece to lure potential lovers in this 1959 mystery.

Iconic swimwear from Baywatch (1992)
Whistles Double Strap Textured Swimsuit in Red / Gucci Logo Print Swim Shorts

8. Baywatch (1992)

Red swimsuits and red trunks are still an automatic association with Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff in one of the most watched 90s TV shows.

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