It’s certainly the perfect time of year to celebrate the bikini, that iconic summer apparel that is just perfect for a day at the beach (or really anywhere, if we’re being honest). And July 5 just happens to be International Bikini Day, giving people everywhere a reason to pay tribute to the two-piece swimwear and recognize its history.
As noted in a trending moment on Twitter, the bikini was brought to life on July 5, 1946, by a French engineer named Louis Réard. Because his design was considered revolutionary at the time (albeit a little scandalous), the accompanying challenge was finding a model who would don the bikini and introduce it to the world.
Enter Micheline Bernardini, a French dancer who agreed to wear the bikini in a photo shoot. She wore a string two-piece with a newspaper print pattern for a fashion show at a Parisian swimming pool, quickly inspiring others to rock the trend themselves.
The rest, of course, is history — but as they say, history is often destined to repeat itself. Incidentally, Réard’s designs were recently re-launched by creative director Céline Adler, meaning you can actually own the 2017 version of that very first bikini worn by Micheline Bernardini, 71 years ago. In addition to the iconic newspaper print two-piece, Réard Paris sells a variety of other types of bikinis (and one-pieces), each with its own look and cut. One thing’s for sure: we have to give major props to that French engineer. Without him, our go-to summer outfits might have never been the same.
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