Design evolution


The Bikini was created by an engineer who worked in a Lingerie shop

The earliest evidence of a bikini-like costume dates back to an ancient settlement in southern Anatolia and there are even paintings of women in similar attire from around 1400 BC, but the modern bikini started to emerge in 1907, when Australian swimmer and performer Annette Kellerman was arrested on a Boston beach for wearing a form-fitting one-piece which became an accepted swimsuit for women by 1910.

In May 1946, a French fashion designer named Reard advertised the ‘World’s smallest bathing suit”.  He named it the ‘bikini’.  Since then we’ve seen the introduction of the monokini (top part missing), seekini (transparent bikini), tankini (tank top, bikini bottom), camikini (camisole top and bikini bottom), hikini and even the mankini – perhaps the greatest crime to fashion this century.


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