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The History of the Bikini

The bikini or two piece was officially invented in 1946 by two Frenchmen, Jacques Heim and Louis Reard, who thought of naming this women’s swimsuit after the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Actually drawings of two pieces have been found on some wall paintings which date back to more than 3500 years ago and some bikini-like suits appeared again in the Greco-Roman world, which means that Jacques and Louis simply re-invented the bikini, trying to design the smallest swimsuit “ever”.

Several artworks depicting women in bikini, including Venus, the renowned Roman goddess, date back to the Diocletian period and can be found in Sicily and Pompei (Italy).… [READ MORE]