Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Bikini Remembered

The bikini is 60 today.

The bikini, a women's swimsuit composed of two pieces, was introduced in Paris on this date in 1946. It took two to design the bikini: Louis RĂ©ard, engineer, and Jacques Heim, designer. It was named after Bikini Atoll where a nuclear test was performed July 1 because this suit would cause a "burst of excitement."

The bikini was accepted in France, but it took America years to decide to wear such a scandalous suit, as evidenced by Ester Williams' quote.
"A bikini is a thoughtless act." ~ Esther Williams
To see Magnum Photos collection of pictures of bikinis designed 60 years ago, click here.

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