ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The History of Womens Bikini Swimwear

Updated on October 25, 2009
Micheline Bernardini modelling the very first bikini in 1946.
Micheline Bernardini modelling the very first bikini in 1946.

Womens bikini swimwear are two-piece bathing suits that are similar in shape to bras and panties. Although Jacques Heim and Louis Réard designed the first swimsuit known as womens bikini swimwear for a fashion show in 1946, the two-piece design predates their swimsuits style. Photographs and films from the early 20th century show ladies wearing two-piece swimwear, and there are also early Roman mosaics depicting women doing exercises in costumes that are very similar to modern-day womens bikini swimwear.

Your basic bikini swimwear style.
Your basic bikini swimwear style.

Womens Bikini Swimwear Were Scandalous!

Heim and Réard named their new two-piece swimsuit for the Bikini Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands. The site had recently been used for a nuclear weapons test, and the two men so named the bikini for the "explosive" effect it would have in society. Back then, the style was considered so provocative and scandalous that they were only able to find a nude dancer to model it. However, in later years, it began to take hold with the aid of bikini-clad film stars like Brigitte Bardot in the 1956 And God Created Woman. By the early 1960s, womens bikini swimwear had become the most preferred style in swimwear fashion.

Tankinis have become are a very popular choice of swimwear.
Tankinis have become are a very popular choice of swimwear.

There Are Many Styles of Womens Bikini Swimwear

There are numerous different styles of womens bikini swimwear. The one that was publicly introduced 1946 was a thong bikini, with small triangles of fabric modestly covering the genitals and breasts and string ties to make up the rest. Some string bikini swimwear also offers coverage for the behind, though the one in 1946 did not. Other styles consist of a tube-style top; a strip of fabric to cover the breasts, with cups like those of a push-up bra, and a more conservative bottom piece such as shorts, briefs or a skort. The tankini, an even more modern variation, is just like a tank top.

A modest version of the monokini.
A modest version of the monokini.

Flaunt It With Womens Bikini Swimwear!

A more recent type of swimwear inspired by womens bikinis is known as the monokini. A monokini may refer to just the bottoms of womens bikini swimwear worn by itself for semi-nude sunbathing, or it can be a scant one-piece suit that resembles the womens bikini, but leaves the midriff almost completely bare. The very first monokini was created by Rudi Gernreich in 1964 and actually bared the breasts, however it did provide a significant amount of coverage for the bottom parts of the body.

Womens Bikini Swimwear Throughout History

Disclaimer: The information on this Hub page does not constitute medical, legal, commercial, product, and/or service advice or endorsement of any vendor, supplier and/or brand, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the author. Listing of an entity or service on this Hub page is not a warranty of the quality or efficacy of the products or services furnished by any entity. The author is not directly compensated by any entity other than the advertising placement services shown on this page.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      We guys all need some eye candy every once in a while! :)

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Informative with some lovely images for the boys.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)