Where did swimsuits originate?
On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Réard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris.
When did people start wearing bathing suits to the beach?
Although two-piece bathing suits were being used by women as early as the 1930s, the bikini is commonly dated to July 5, 1946, when, partly due to material rationing after World War II, French engineer Louis Réard introduced the modern bikini, modeled by Micheline Bernardini.
What were the first swimsuits called?
It wasn’t until the 18th century when manners changed and modesty suddenly took hold that we get the first true swimsuit, with European ladies wading into the water in long dresses, known as “bathing costumes,” which were often made from wool and frequently featured sleeves—sometimes even being worn with long socks.
Who invented women’s swimsuits?
Jacques Heim, a French fashion designer, created a minimalist two-piece swimming garment in May 1946, called the Atome. Heim’s Atome featured a bra-like top and bottoms which covered the bottom and navel. Later that year, in July 1946, Louis Réard, an engineer turned designer, created what he called the bikini.
What did bathing suits look like in the 1920s?
By the early 1920s women’s bathing suits were reduced to a one piece garment with a long top that covered shorts. Though matching stockings were still worn, vintage swimwear began to shrink and more and more flesh was exposed from the bottom of the trunks to the tops of the stockings.