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Sunday, January 10, 2010

We're Having a Heat Wave

Here in the cold of winter one can’t help but dream of warmer seasons. So with that in mind this posting will celebrate something what has come to represent summer to millions the world over: the bikini.

While two piece swimwear in the West has been around since at least Ancient Greece, the modern bikini dates back to 1946 when the engineer Louis Réard created a new style of swimsuit to sale in his mother’s Paris lingerie boutique. After struggling to find a model willing to wear his creation Réard hired a nude dancer named Micheline Bernardini (shown in the photo) to first wear the suit on July 5th, 1946 at a public Parisian pool. Summer hasn’t been the same since.

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