The modern bikini was first seen on the French beaches in the summer of 1947, following its invention in the previous year in France. It was named after the “Bikini Atoll”, the home of many nuclear explosions in the Pacific Ocean. Just a few weeks after the one piece swimsuit “Atome” was billed as “the smallest swimwear in the world” this new style of swimwear was said to “split the Atome” and thus the two piece swimwear sensation that was the bikini was born.
Although it is normally credited as being invented in 1947, two-piece swimwear has been recorded in history as early as the fourth century and was used regularly by Roman women. But it is in the last sixty years where the bikini has become synonymous with the beach.
In the past sixty years bikinis have progressed from offering full coverage to today’s minimal styles that barely cover anything. There are three main types of bikini that are defined mainly by how much material they are made of and thus how much coverage they afford the wearer.