On This Day…..

The Bikini…..

July 5, 1946…..

The new swimsuit design is introduced at a Paris fashion show. Invented by French designer Louis Réard. None of his regular models would wear it, so he hired a 19-year-old nude dancer to model it. He named the garment after the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, hoping the swimsuit would be as explosive as the nuclear bomb tested there four days earlier.