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Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the Bikini

09.27.2012 · Posted in Fashion Industry
Swimwear has been around since the mid-1800's, when the improvements in rail travel made it easier for people to travel to water. July 5th marked the 66th anniversary of the bikini and today the bikini is still popular, with the less fabric used the better. ...
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It’s a nice hot day and nothing will beat the heat better than a nice cool dip in the pool. But do you know the history behind these beautiful swimsuit pieces that we wear today?

Swimwear has been around since the mid-1800’s, when the improvements in rail travel made it easier for people to travel to water. The original swimsuits are a far cry from the suits of today and back then, the ladies swimsuit looked more like a dress than a swimsuit. The women’s suit was a full length gown with weights sewn in the hem to keep it from rising in the water.

During the early 1900’s the size of the swimsuit became smaller, and more arms and legs started to show. By the mid-1900’s form fitting one piece swimsuits started to be popular. These were the suits that bathing beauties started to appear in. Shortly thereafter, the two piece bikini started to become popular but they didn’t stick until the sixties, when liberating skin was finally widely in.

The modern bikini was invented by French engineer Louis Rard in 1946. He named it after Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, the site of an atomic bomb test on July 1, 1946. July 5th marked the 66th anniversary of the bikini and today the bikini is still popular, with the less fabric used the better.

So this month, Vogue has provided a look back for us with images that belong to its fashion archives.

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