The bikini was created by men. It happened 60 years ago in — again, no surprise — France. But it's women, and largely Hollywood stars of the s, who embraced the belly-baring bathing suit and haven't let go. A bikini is any two-piece swimsuit in which the bottom dips below the belly button. The book aims to document the substantial significance the tiny two-piece has had on the world since Jacques Heim and Louis Reard introduced competing versions of the small suit.
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May 31 3: How the tiny swimsuit conquered America. When the bikini was unveiled in , it was by no means the first time that women had worn so revealing a garment in public. In the fourth century, for example, Roman gymnasts wore bandeau tops, bikini bottoms, and even anklets that would look perfectly at home on the beaches of Southern California today.
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Two-piece garments worn by women for athletic purposes are depicted on Greek urns and paintings dating back to BC. Active women of ancient Greece wore a breastband called a mastodeton or an apodesmos, which continued to be used as an undergarment in the Middle Ages. While men in ancient Greece abandoned the perizoma, partly high-cut briefs and partly loincloth, women performers and acrobats continued to wear it. Roman Artwork dating back to the Diocletian period AD in Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily, excavated by Gino Vinicio Gentile in , depicts women in garments resembling bikinis in mosaics on the floor.
Those mushroom clouds rising over the South Pacific after the Second World War not only transformed the landscape of modern warfare, but also of beaches. When French engineer turned lingerie designer Louis Reard saw atomic weapons being trialled by the US on Bikini Atoll, a name was born for his latest invention: While fellow Frenchman Jacques Heim — also in the race to design the smallest swimwear — named his version the Atome. Louis Reard draped two tiny strips of cloth across a Paris showgirl and thus invented the bikini. Mirrorpix Reard won, as his version was the smallest; four triangles made from 30 inches of fabric — so small, he struggled to find a willing model.