History of the Bikini Swimsuit

The legend of an explosive swimsuit

Three triangles and the round was played, the bikini was going to revolutionize the swimsuit for centuries to come. But did you know that the revolution was French? Launched by a french engineer in 1946 at piscine Molitor, a bikini this year celebrates its 70 years. More reason to revisit his legend with fork & Bikini !

The Birth of the Bikini

July 5, 1946 was held at piscine Molitor, in Paris, the “the prettiest bather contest”. And the great shock of the competition does not come from a fashion designer, but an engineer advertiser and sponsor, Louis Réard, committed to create the event with the smallest ever wearing two-piece. His name? The Bikini, borrowed from the atoll in the Pacific, chosen as a test site for the atomic bomb… and symbolizing the explosive reaction that the engineer hoped to provoke.

Bikini, a Miniature Rebel

If the swimsuit two parts exists since antiquity, that time is of the kind covering, real panties and almost bustier. Louis Réard, him, reduced the panties to two triangles maintained on the hips by cords, revealing the navel usually hidden. As for the top, he just two triangles to cover the basics, and a few well-placed cords. A undressing frankly frowned upon by morality, to the point where the models refuse to scroll in such attire. The engineer must bring a dancer from the Casino de Paris, less fierce side navel.

The Flop On Top, The Bikinimania

Success for the triangle? Far from it. Real flop at the end of the competition, barely mentioned by the press, it will require its creator a real promotional tour of the beaches, with pin-up girl in Golden bikini on a car-boat to begin to talk about him. And if he starts shyly to settle in France in the early 1950s, it is to be banned from some beauty contest and banned in many Catholic countries.

It will wait until the movie stars, Brigitte Bardot and her mini bikini vichy in mind, to see the Jersey invest beaches without shame… at the end of the 1950s! A success, this time, knighted by the inescapable Vogue magazine, which elects it clothing of the year in 1959. And immortalized forever by the James Bond Girl Ursula Andress, emerging from the waves in a white bikini.

70 Years of a Myth

Unbelievable but true, sulphurous bikini is now a septuagenarian classic. Back in the dictionary, he even made of small, to the monokini, tankini has inspired fashion and invaded movies, served the tanning industry and revolutionized hair removal. The suite? Enjoy the birthday of a swimsuit of legend, to love each other in a triangle on the beach!

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History of the bikini: How it came to America.

History of the bikini: How it came to America.

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History of the bikini: How it came to America.

History of the bikini: How it came to America.

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10 Beach Looks and a History of the Swimsuit

10 Beach Looks and a History of the Swimsuit

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Brigitte Bardot, 1953 – Photos

Brigitte Bardot, 1953 - Photos

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10 Beach Looks and a History of the Swimsuit

10 Beach Looks and a History of the Swimsuit

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Brigitte Bardot – The history of the bikini

Brigitte Bardot - The history of the bikini

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History of Swimwear (73 pics)

History of Swimwear (73 pics)

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SUP Women | National Bikini Day

SUP Women | National Bikini Day

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History of the Bikini

History of the Bikini

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How The Bathing Suit Has Changed In The Past 100 Years ...

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“A bikini is not a bikini unless it can be pulled through …

“A bikini is not a bikini unless it can be pulled through ...

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The History of the Bikini

The History of the Bikini

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History of Swimwear (73 pics)

History of Swimwear (73 pics)

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Florida Memory

Florida Memory

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Celebrate National Bikini Day With 11 Modern-Day Swimsuits …

Celebrate National Bikini Day With 11 Modern-Day Swimsuits ...

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History of Swimwear (73 pics)

History of Swimwear (73 pics)

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From dresses to bikinis: 100 years of swimwear

From dresses to bikinis: 100 years of swimwear

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Evolution Of The Bathing Suit

Evolution Of The Bathing Suit

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History of the Bathing Suit

History of the Bathing Suit

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Bikini History: 23 Photos Of Women’s Swimwear Over Time

Bikini History: 23 Photos Of Women's Swimwear Over Time

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