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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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4 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!

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