Sunday, May 18, 2008

Where the Bikini Came From

An explosive name for the bomb that hit the fashion world back in the 1940s, the "bikini" was named after the nuclear tests that the US conducted in Bikini Atoll (photo above). It was so scandalous that the swimwear designer could not even find regular models for the fashion show - a stripper walked down the catwalk instead! For the first 10 years or so, people were ashamed to wear such a tiny swimsuit. It didn't take long for the swimsuit style to take off, though. With the help of Hollywood stars, they were soon flying off the shelf. And then, they got smaller and smaller...

For a complete history, photos and some unique videos, visit my Hub, "A Brief History of the Bikini."


  1. Ha Ha - just put my swimsuit away for the year - so these seasonal hubs are n't as seasonal as some people think!

  2. Right, Lissie! I'm always having to pull mine out to take the kids to the pool (darned it!) LOL