Playground of rich New Yorkers, young singles on the cruse, young married with kids, families, gays. Where teenage daughters test out small bikinis on older men, where 20-somethings command eyeful attention, where 30-somethings snare the lawyer-types, where 40-somethings adopt the mature aloofness of sex, and where the 50-plus crowd prove that they can also be young in spirit.
In 1983 fashions at Fire Island capture a springboard of change, documenting a range of fashions from the very low cut sideties to the emerging v-kini (FI8319) and bandeau rediscovery (FI8302), often very sleek. Also of note is a new generation of maillots, often with high leglines, deep cleavage, and new dynamics (FI8306, FI8308, FI8310).
Another group of fashions document the decade advanced to 1988: these fashions reflect the emerging trend of variations in maillot designs. These include some early manifestations of the sidering miokini (FI8821), the suspender (FI8819), and the t-front with all its top and not possibilities (FI8820). The mature miokini is a very tight silhouette (FI8817, FI8818), and there is flirtation with tanga about.