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Sunday, 23 September 2012


Four days after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on deserted Bikini Atoll in 1946, Motor Engineer-turned-designer Louis Reard introduced a new 2-piece woman’s swimsuit at a outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris on July 5, 1946. He proclaimed the suit the "ultimate" concept and called it the bikini, naming it after the atomic bomb test site, as he meant it to be “highly explosive”.

When the bikini made it's debut, Louis Reard couldn't get any of the usual models to wear it and so he hired 19-year-old nude dancer Micheline Bernardini[ from the Casino de Paris to model it.

Micheline Bernardini modeling RĂ©ard's first ever bikini at the Piscine Molitor. Wikipedia Commons

The first appearance of the term bikini was in the magazine Le Monde Illustre in 1947.

Reard didn't create the idea of the bikini; drawings of bikini-like suits have been found on wall paintings dating back to 1600 BC.

At Newquay, Maisie Dunn became the first to wear a bikini on the beach.

When the bikini was introduced, no models were willing to wear such revealing swimwear, so the designer had to hire a stripper to model it.

Ursula Andress made the famous white bikini that she wore in Dr No herself as she was unhappy with what she was given to wear.

Fashion designer, Rudi Gernreich, has been credited with introducing the first thong bikini.

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