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Fascinating facts about the invention of the Bikini by Louis Reard in 1946

BIKINI SWIMSUIT 
 
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Bikini-style two pieces had existed at least since Roman antiquity, but the story of the modern suit began in the early summer of 1946. Heralded as 'the smallest swimsuit in the world' in skywriting over Cannes, Jacques Reim's tiny two-piece was soon one-upped by an even more revealing suit developed by Parisian engineer Louis Reard. Taking advantage of the globally televised event, and Reim's premature superlative, Reard also hired a skywriter, and introduced the world to 'the bikini—smaller than the world's smallest swimsuit.' Source: Refinery29 - Past Perfect

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