In the 1930s, European women wore two-piece bathing suits consisting of a halter top and shorts with some midriff visible — the navel was always hidden.


On Jul 5,1946  the bikini bathing suit, created by former civil engineer Louis Reard, made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. Model Micheline Bernardini wore the skimpy two-piece outfit, its name correlated with the July 1 American atom bomb test on Bikini Atoll.