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A red and white polka-dot dress with a cap and black stockings sounds more like a Minnie Mouse costume than beach attire, but chic modesty did once rule our shore, which is now overrun with silicone orbs. To take you back to a time when birthday suits were actually concealed by bathing suits, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, in collaboration with ArtCenter/South Florida, presents Bathing Suits of America’s Winter Playground, 1898-1921. The display includes fourteen reproduction suits from the Jantzen swimwear company. Pink and yellow striped pantaloons, a purple suit with pink and blue trim, and even a sassy two-piece (oh my!) with green and yellow trunks will adorn the windows of the gallery. Dive into past fashions today through October 2 at ArtCenter/South Florida, 810 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 305-674-8278, or visit and
Thu., Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.


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