As summer ramps up in the northern hemisphere, so do rates of bikini sightings. The skimpy bikini is a summer staple, the suit of choice for many women. And today, it turns 67 years old.
Since July 5,women have been hitting the beaches and poolsides in bikinis. National Bikini Day marks the anniversary of the invention of the revealing two-piece bathing suit. Named after the Bikini Atoll where the United States conducted atomic tests, the two-piece bathing suit made its debut in Paris.
Though these ensembles were alluring and sexy, they were not necessarily scandalous. The difference between the bikini and its two-piece predecessor is brevity. Simply defined, the bikini is an abbreviated two-piece swimsuit with a bra top and panties cut below the navel.
The 15 megaton bomb exploded at 15, feet, causing a four-mile fireball, times brighter than the Sun. By then, another kind of atomic weapon was already being tested in beaches all around the world, one of the most fascinating pieces of garment ever devised by humankind: The bikini. He was right.
On July 5,French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. European women first began wearing two-piece bathing suits that consisted of a halter top and shorts in the s, but only a sliver of the midriff was revealed and the navel was vigilantly covered. In the United States, the modest two-piece made its appearance during World War IIwhen wartime rationing of fabric saw the removal of the skirt panel and other superfluous material.
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July 5 marks National Bikini Day, celebrating 73 years since its invention in Fashion houses had begun to use rationing as an excuse to redesign the swimsuit, using less fabric and revealing more flesh. As a result in the s the midriff was exposed for the first time and the swimsuit began to get smaller in size and bigger in stature.
Since time immemorial—or at least since most of us can remember—the bikini has been a summer staple. But, as you'll surely be surprised to learn, the modern version of the midriff-baring bathing suit is just 72 years-old. When it first hit the market infor instance, the swimsuit was considered so scandalous that the Vatican declared the garment to be "sinful.
A bikini is typically a women's two-piece swimsuit featuring two triangles of fabric on top, similar to a bra and covering the woman's breastsand two triangles of fabric on the bottom, the front covering the pelvis but exposing the navel, and the back covering the buttocks. In MayParisian fashion designer Jacques Heim released a two-piece swimsuit design that he named the Atome. His skimpy design was risque, exposing the wearer's navel and much of her buttocks.
The bathing suit is reflective of the era in more ways than style—were women expected to be more covered up? Was the economy booming or busting? A simple one piece or flashy bikini can tell the tale. From Bond girls to Blue Crush and non-cinematic moments in between, see which swimsuits were having a moment the year you were born.