Summer — the season for beach vacations, sunbathing and swimsuits — is fast approaching, so it’s only fitting that we throw it back to the debut of the first modern-day bikini in 1946. Designed by French automobile engineer Louis Reard, the bikini was modeled by 19-year-old nude dancer Micheline Bernardini at a poolside fashion show at the Piscine Molitor swimming pool in Paris. Since then, the bikini has become a more “itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny” staple for summer fashion.
Need some inspiration for this summer? Take a look at how swimsuits, especially the bikini, have transformed throughout the years here.
Check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.