Clothes Optional is an insightful documentary exploring naturist culture within the United Kingdom. British Naturism traces its origins to 1891 when a short lived society was formed in British India. This trust had ideals and principles very similar to many later organisations.
Naturism is a cultural and political movement practising, advocating and defending social naturism in private and in public.
The naturist philosophy has several sources, many of which can be traced back to early 20th century health and fitness philosophies in Germany, though the concepts of returning to nature and creating equality are also cited as inspiration. From Germany the idea spread to the UK, Canada, the United States and beyond where a network of clubs developed.
The model of German naturism is to promote naturist family and recreational sports, with the German Association for Free Body Culture being a member of the German Olympic Sport Federation.
French naturism developed on the basis of large holiday complexes. This in turn influenced Quebec and the United States. A subsequent development was tourist naturism, where natural state resorts would be built to cater for the naturist tourist, without any local base. This concept is most noticeable in the Caribbean. Nevertheless, most naturist activity takes place at local naturist clubs, especially in Western countries.
Alternatively, people interested in social naturism can attend clothes-free beaches and other types of ad-hoc naturist events. At these venues, participants generally need not belong to a naturist club.