Story Behind Inventors and Inventions Bikini

About the origins, history and story behind the scenes of the inventor and invention of the bikini.

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Invention: Bikini

Inventor: Louis Reard, France

Year: 1946

How Invented: Designer Reard first presented his revealing creation at a Paris fashion show on July 5, 1946, four days after the American atomic detonation on Bikini Atoll. Both events caused international repercussions, and Reard coined bikini to reflect his concept of "the ultimate." The first bikini was cotton, printed with a newspaper design, and was worn by dancer Micheline Bernardi. Her photo was printed around the world. She received some 50,000 fan letters.

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