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In 1946! Louis Rearden, an engineer and a French course-Fashioned a two-piece women’s swimsuit from 30 inches of fabric. Rearden’s rival in bikini design, Jacques Helm, was actually the first to create the iconic two-piece bathing suit in the 20th century. Helm called his design for “Atom” in a nod to the smallest particle in the known world at that time. A marketing genius, Rearden presented its meager two-piece design five days after the United States began atomic tests at Bikini Atoll and named it “bikini” to suggest he would have the same explosive effect on society as a bomb.
The bikini is a two-piece women’s swimsuit that covers the chest and groin. It was considered unlikely as it first appeared in 1946, but the two-piece design was actually a return to old times. Wikipedia cites the earliest form of a bikini appearing in the Chalcolithic era (3500 BC to 1700BCE). Bikinis appear in ancient Roman mosaics and murals, suggesting they were popular for women swimwear Roman. Archaeologists have found Minoan wall paintings (ca. 1600 BC) showing a two-piece design very similar to the modern bikini, and women wearing bikinis appear on ancient Greek urns, ancient Sicilian floor mosaics and statues from Pompeii.
Bikinis were accepted as dominant swimsuit on the French Riviera long before being adopted by the public in the United States. The bikini was introduced to America in 1947, but its scandalous status remained in force until the year the 1950th Read the rest of this entry »