blog by Kathryn Przybyla • July 06, 2012 @ 8:00am
This past Thursday marked the anniversary of the invention of everyone’s favorite kind of swimwear, the bikini.
According to the History Channel,
On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Reard dubbed “bikini,” inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.
European women first began wearing two-piece bathing suits that consisted of a halter top and shorts in the 1930s, but only a sliver of the midriff was revealed and the navel was vigilantly covered.
In the United States, the modest two-piece made its appearance during World War II, when wartime rationing of fabric saw the removal of the skirt panel and other superfluous material.
In honor of such a great invention, check out a few Buffalo-inspired bikinis that we found below.
Buffalo Sabres bikini
Buffalo Bills bikini
Buffalo Bandits inspired bikini
Also be sure to check out this quick video on the history of the bikini.
Photo courtesy of WeHeartIt