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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.

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5 Responses

  1. DBCoop says:

    Wow, 1946? The bikini's really that old?

  2. Old bikini is gold bikini! Is-spite the year is 1946 but still people using that style. By the way, The post is full of info. Thanks!

  3. In this old bikini she looks so awesome and sexy as well. You know I was seeking this types of bikini for a long time. As a girl I appreciate this. I hope like me most of the girls want to get this very soon. Thanks!!!

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