From The Orchid Boutique, we’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving day makes us think of some of our favorite things: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pies! We’re ready to sit around the table, eat all of our favorite dishes, and tell everyone what we’re so thankful for this year.
It may be a bit obvious, but here at The Orchid Boutique we’re just plain thankful for bikinis. Can you imagine life without these gracious two piece swimsuits? Without the bikini, the monokini might not have evolved. Without the bikini, we’d never get a chance to envy some celebrity abs. And most importantly, without bikinis we wouldn’t be able to make quite the same fashion statement at the pool, and let’s face it, that’s what life is really about!
So we’re taking a little trip down memory lane and giving a short and sweet history lesson on the bikini. (Don’t worry, there will not be a quiz after… just enjoy!)
Historians believe the idea for the bikini began as early as 1400 B.C. from Greek culture for athletic purposes. Images are painted on walls and urns from that period. Swimsuits began as layered pieces that even included weights so women could ensure their attire stayed put and didn’t reveal their legs.
Eventually, a slim form-fitting single layered bathing garment was introduced. Australian swimmer and performer Annette Kellerman was arrested for wearing such attire in Boston. The Bikini was born in Paris on July 5, 1946 by French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim. The bikini was named after the Bikini Atoll, an island in the South Pacific where atomic bombs were being tested at the time. The first bikini, which was a string bikini, was modeled by danced Micheline Bernardini.
Bikini’s from the 1940’s dared to show midriff’s and exposed more skin than before. Retro and Pin-up inspired styles are a popular trend now and are reminiscent of this time stage in the bikini’s life.
In 1951 the bikini was actually banned from beauty pageants and deemed sinful by the Vatican. The first swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated was published in 1964 and featured a bikini on the cover.