Bikini Wear History

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Every year, there comes a time when summer is finally here. All we can think about is taking out that famous one piece to rock out under the sun. A bikini has become one of the most popular fashion items. The funny thing is that not many people realize that the bikini didn’t reach the fashion scene until the 1940s.

Today’s Bikini Wear Throughout History

The word, Bikini was first coined in 1946 by Louis Reard,the designer of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place. Fashion designer Jacques Heim, also from Paris, re-released a similar design earlier that same year, the Atome.

Till mid 1960s, the bikini design had become so common in Western countries as swimwear, beachwear and underwear. By the late 20th century, it had also become common as sportswear, particularly in sports such as beach volleyball and bodybuilding. By the early 2000s bikinis had become a US$811 million business annually,and boosted spin-off services such as bikini waxing and sun tanning.

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Women’s swimwear through all its stages: the one piece, the corset, , the high waisted bikini, the bikini, the V kini and the thong bikini.

Over the last 100 years, women’s swimwear has made quite the change in the fashion world. The early 20th century involved heavy garments and fast forward to 2015, we have the bikini as one of our favorite items to wear during the summertime. No matter what your style is, fashion trends will always influence women’s swimwear.

Take a look back over the years to see how different swimsuits were in 1910 compared to 2000. A lot can happen in the 100 years, including new fabrics and social changes for women’s clothing choices. Our list video gives you a look of fashion during each decade to see how much the bikini has evolved throughout the years.

Who knows, whether you like the small bikinis to a vintage classic look, this video might inspire you to go shopping for bikini season, even if it’s months away.