Thirteen years after women are allowed to compete in the Olympics, Carl Janzten introduces a two-piece bathing costume to enhance their performance. It's really just shorts and a T-shirt but tight-fitting enough to cause a bit of a scandal. In Europe, women start wearing bathing outfits that reveal a sliver of skin at the waist, and suits shrink stateside as fabric is rationed during World War II. For the most part, hems are shortened and skirts eliminated, but in some cases they do split into two. With the war over and spirits soaring, Parisian designer Jacques Heim, who works mostly with fur, debuts the atome —the world's smallest swimsuit. Showgirl Micheline Bernardini debuts the suit at a popular swimming pool in the center of Paris.
A Brief History of the Bikini
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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. His designs arrived with a bang, four days after explosive nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, and the rest as they say is history. On July 11 , Micheline became the first women to wear a bikini, during a press show in Paris. The bikini was so small it could fit into a match box and women would never look the same on the beach again. In the controversial item was banned following the first Miss World Contest in London.
The Scandalous History of the Modern Bikini
Evidence of bikini -style women's clothing has been found as early as BC, and the history of the bikini can be traced back to that era. Illustrations of women wearing bikini-like garments during competitive athletic events in the Roman era have been found in several locations, the most famous of which is at Villa Romana del Casale. It modeled by Micheline Bernardini , on July 5, , the name for his design borrowing from the Bikini Atoll , where post-war testing on the atomic bomb were taking place. Contestants in the first Miss World beauty pageant wore them in , but the bikini was then banned from the competition.
Want more vintage bikini inspiration? Follow Redbook on Pinterest! Once the first bikini is made, two-piece suits in general become even more popular across the world. Here, Elizabeth Taylor wears a ruffled ensemble. In ,after the first ever Miss Universe pageant in London , the bikini was banned from beauty pageants for being too scandalous.