Bikinis have flirted with the imagination of millions sitting around on beaches since July 5, 1946, when the two-piece bathing suit came into existence. Since then, millions of women have adorned the beautiful garment at beaches, bays and pools.
International Bikini Day marks the anniversary of the invention, which is now at 73 years. The two-piece dress was named after a United States island called Bikini Atoll which was a famous spot for atomic testing.
French designer Louis Réard, initially wanted to name the garment which debuted in Paris as Atom, considering its miniscule size, but later decided to dedicate it to the tiny island namesake.
Although sunbathers and beach goers had long shed the one-piece bathing suit for a more modest two-piece version, when the bikini debuted in the US in 1946, it took the entire country by storm. And changed the face of beaches forever.
How the fashion statement exploded!
The designer expected the fashion to explode, much like the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll. Many countries banned the bikini for several decades, a few of them still despise the openness of the garment, symbolic of freedom and shedding age-old inhibitions about the nakedness of the body.
While Europe was quick in adopting the skimpy strings and bare minimum coverage of cloth, Americans took time to shed their inhibitions. Bikinis became usual on American beaches only in the 60s.
Today, bikinis are an entire industry filled with varieties of all shapes, sizes, colours, and fabrics. Bikinis come accommodating and catering to all kinds of body shapes, and in fashions and styles that entice women to have entire collections.
How can you be a part of the Bikini Day celebrations!
Adorn your two-piece and roam around in all its basking bikini glory. Go and get yourself a new one if you don’t have one. If you do, get a new shade or design.
Get yourself up to date with the latest trends in two-piece swimwear. And when you are in a bikini, head to the local beach or a swimming pool and take a holy dip.
Click a picture of yourself and share it on social media with the hashtag #InternationalBikiniDay.