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Közzétéve ekkor: 2019. július 5. 07:01



The first swimsuits were, of course, no swimsuits at all. People have always gone swimming in the nude or in any clothing appropriate for swimming such as loin cloths. It was not until the 18th century that “swimsuits” were invented mostly for the purpose of hiding the human body according to the morality of the times.

We have wartime rationing to thank for the bikini as we know it but there is an indication of Roman women playing a pre-dated version of handball donning a bikini-esque bottom known as the subligar and a band across the breasts known as the mamillare, both in either cloth or leather. Between this version and the modern one, there’s been a long pause that saw swimwear evolve from bathing gowns to tank suits. In the early 19th century, fabric shortage post World War II led to the United States War Production Board slashing usage of natural fibre cloth along with a mandate on reduction of fabric in beachwear for women. Thus, a few snips, cuts and slashes and the first signs of the bikini started taking shape.

Louis Réard

History was made 73 years ago today when an outfit, ‘smaller than the world’s smallest swimsuit’ made an appearance at a poolside fashion show in Paris. The brain child of a French engineer called Louis Réard, the risqué two-piece quite literally exploded onto the fashion scene.

An entrepreneurial Réard realised that the introduction of fabric rationing by the US government during the war presented him with a money-making opportunity. 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 1940s the midriff was exposed for the first time and the swimsuit began to get smaller in size and bigger in stature. On July 5 1946, French engineer Louise Réard responded by designing that famous garment.

His invention transformed the swimwear world forever. His designs arrived with a bang, four days after explosive nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, and the rest as they say is history.

Who was the first bikini model?

The unveiling of the newly named bikini was a spectacle that almost didn’t happen. It seemed designer Louis Réard had a hard time finding a woman willing to model the skimpy suit. Luckily for him — and millions of beachgoers to come — a 19-year-old French showgirl by the name of Micheline Bernardini rose to the challenge. Introducing the small suit to the world on July 5, 1946, Bernardini strutted in the newspaper-printed, G-string bikini for a fashion event at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. Unsurprisingly, the suit was a headline-making success and Bernardini received over 50,000 fan letters.



Swimwear fashion trends 2019

Thus, deciding which one you’re going to invest in for this year requires careful research. Like everything else in fashion, every season you’ll find designers releasing new bikinis and one pieces, likely around a certain theme. For spring/summer 2019, animal print reigns supreme, from your leopard spots to tiger stripes, though we’ve uncovered four other trends you’re sure to see lining the lounge chairs this summer too: animal print, cutouts, metallics, high-waisted bottoms and sweet bows.


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