"Victoria hated the confining bathing costumes"
Bathing Beauties - Credit: Frank W. Micklethwaite/ Library and Archives Canada
Public DomainBathing Beauties - Credit: Frank W. Micklethwaite/ Library and Archives Canada

Can you blame her? These bathing suits were made of wool and always in dark colours so that you couldn’t see through them. Black stockings, slippers, and cap completed the outfit. Little wonder that “skinny dipping” - swimming naked, usually at night and with the same sex - became fashionable.