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Do You Know The History Of The Bikini?

Oct 25, 2007
Who doesn't love bikinis. Women love to wear them, men love to look at women in them. Whether you are male or female you probably have either bought or looked at many different bikinis, but did you know the history of this popular bathing suit?

The first bikini was introduced in Paris at a fashion show on July 25, 1946. The modern bikini is said to have been created and designed by the French engineer and inventor, Louis Reard and a fashion designer, Jacques Heim, in 1946.

The bikini was named after the nuclear weapon test site, Bikini Atoll, where nuclear tests had been done in the days preceding it's introduction, the idea and name were based upon the belief that the introduction of the new swimwear would cause as great a reaction in the fashion industry as the nuclear device itself. This would be an understatement in the overall history of the swimsuit industry.

Famous Moments In Bikini History

The bikini took America by storm, appearing in movies, song lyrics, posters and beaches in a relatively short time following its European debut in 1946. Brigitte Bardot's 1957 appearance in a bikini in the movie, "And God Created Woman," created an instant retail demand in the American swimwear market.

The 1960 popular song, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" was a direct reflection of how widespread this swimsuit style was becoming in the popular American marketplace. After the songs popular release, women across American began to take an interest in buying a bikini of their own.

Ask 007 About The Bikini

Bikinis were gaining popularity, but it wasn't until the 1962 "Bond Girl" Ursula Andress appeared in a white bikini, walking out of the ocean onto the beach in Dr. No that sales hit their high point across the United States. This universal acceptance was immediately noticed when Disney's star, Annette Funicello, appeared opposite Frankie Avalon in "Beach Party" wearing a bikini.

The Bikini Becomes An Icon In American Pop Culture

The marketing ability of the bikini has provided the foundation for many successful television shows in the American pop culture. Shows such as Baywatch were based entirely upon male and female actors dressed in swimwear during the show, with the plot of each segment based upon a situation that allowed for the constant wearing of swimwear. It was quite obvious that the plot of the show was secondary to the models that were onscreen clad only in different swimsuits.

Movie bikini icons such as the 1966 One Million Years B.C., showing Raquel Welch in a prehistoric cave girl fashioned costume and Carrie Fisher in a two minute segment in the 1983 release of Return of The Jedi clad in a Gold Bikini are legendary in American pop culture.

I don't think the popularity of bikinis will go away any time soon. In fact, I only see more and more different bikinis and bikini designers coming out every spring and summer. The bikini style may change somewhat, but the overall concept will stay the same as long as people go to the beach.
About the Author
Madison Greene is like any other woman. She loves to look good at the beach. She knows one of the most important aspects to looking great is having the right swimwear. Instead of running all over town trying on bathing suits let Madison take you by the hand and show you an entire list of exclusive swimwear that is right for you. Visit: www.OnlineSwimOutlet.com
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