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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bikini,the world's "smallest bathing suit"

The modern 'Bikini' was introduced by French Engineer Louis Reard and Fashion designer Jacques Heim in Paris in 1946. Réard was a car engineer but by 1946  running his mother's lingerie boutique in Paris. Heim was working on a new kind of beach costume. It comprised two pieces, the bottom large enough to cover its wearer's navel. In May 1946, he advertised it as the world's "smallest bathing suit". Réard named his swimsuit the "bikini", taking the name from the Bikini Atoll one of a series of islands in the South Pacific where testing on the new atomic bomb was occurring that summer.

one of the first modern bikinis where 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris. S holding a small box into which the entire costume can be packed.

 A two-piece towelling swimming costume. Celebrated as the first bikini, Luard's design came a few months after a similar two-piece design was produced by French designer Jacques Heim

 A woman emerging from the sea wearing a yellow bikini

 25th August 1951: Michele Karsteus sits on a pedalo beside the sea.

American film actor and sex symbol Jayne Mansfield (1933 - 1967) leans forward from the waist and clasps her hands together in a studio portrait, mid 1950's.

 2nd August 1956: 18-year-old Carole Holland shows off the assets with which she hopes to make her name in the movies, on Bondi Beach in Sydney

 4th July 1961: A woman wearing a Slenderella striped bikini and matching beach jacket

 Full-length portrait of American actor Julie Newmar wearing a polka dotted bikini, 1960s

A young woman modelling a bikini, circa 1967

 September 18, 1975: Model Marie Louise wearing a bikini and swimming cap made entirely out of rubber gloves

 1980: Dance group Legs & Co, a regular feature on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' weekly pop music programme

 Kimberly Ann Pressler, MISS USA 1999, gives us a sneak peak of the Oscar de la Renta fun swimsuit, the Official Swimwear Sponsor of the 1999 MISS UNIVERSE Pageant

  Latino model/actress/singer Sissi poses for a 2003 calendar shoot

Sophie Anderton walks down the runway wearing a bikini worth an estimated 2000,000 GBP at the Scott Henshall fashion show as part of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2005


Women in bikinis wait for staging the world's largest bikini parade with 281 participants May 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada,USA.

 Miss Australia 2010, Jesinta Campbell, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center August 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada,USA

 Models wearing MiX Bikini's attend the official launch of MiX Bikini at The Greenhouse on June 9, 2011 in New York City

A regular bikini is defined as a two pieces of garments that cover the groin and buttocks at the lower end and the breasts in the upper end. Some bikinis can offer a large amount of coverage, while other bikinis provide only the barest minimum.The term bikini has spawned the lexicon of monokini (a woman's one-piece garment comprising only the lower half of a bikini, leaving the breasts uncovered), seekini (transparent bikini), tankini (tank top, bikini bottom), camikini (camisole top and bikini bottom). 
Bikinis have evolved according to fashion and occasion to include the national flag print, animal prints, edible bikinis and high-end designer ones.

String bikini






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