In Pompeii , depictions of Venus wearing a bikini were discovered in the Casa della Venere,    in the tablinum of the House of Julia Felix ,  and in an atrium garden of Via Dell'Abbondanza. The bathing gown of the 18th century was a loose ankle-length full-sleeve chemise -type gown made of wool or flannel that retained coverage and modesty.
Inspired by the introduction of females into Olympic swimming he designed a close-fitting costume with shorts for the bottom and short sleeves for the top. Rayon was used in the s in the manufacture of tight-fitting swimsuits,  but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic. With the development of new clothing materials, particularly latex and nylon , swimsuits gradually began hugging the body through the s, with shoulder straps that could be lowered for tanning.
The Hollywood film Three on a Match featured a midriff baring two piece bathing suit. Teen magazines of late s and s featured similar designs of midriff-baring suits and tops. However, midriff fashion was stated as only for beaches and informal events and considered indecent to be worn in public. Reard's design was small enough to fit into a 5 by 5 by 5 centimetres 2. French designers sought to deliver fashions that matched the liberated mood of the people. He announced that it was the "world's smallest bathing suit.
The newspapers were full of news about it and Reard hoped for the same with his design. His design consisted of a two triangles of fabric forming a bra, and two triangular pieces of fabric covering the mons pubis and the buttocks connected by string. The International Herald Tribune alone ran nine stories on the event.
For women, wearing a bikini signaled a kind of second liberation. There was really nothing sexual about this. It was instead a celebration of freedom and a return to the joys in life. It was a state of mind. The History of Paradise on Earth,  Despite the garment's initial success in France, women worldwide continued to wear traditional one-piece swimsuits. The press, welcoming the spectacle, referred to it as Miss World,   a name Morley registered as a trademark.
The bikini was banned on the French Atlantic coastline, Spain, Italy,  Portugal and Australia, and was prohibited or discouraged in a number of US states. It's at the razor's edge of decency. The promotion for the film, released in France in March , drew more attention to Bardot's bikinis than to the film itself.
By the time the film was released in the United States in it was re-titled Manina, the Girl in the Bikini. Bardot was also photographed wearing a bikini on the beach during the Cannes Film Festival. Working with her husband and agent Roger Vadim she garnered significant attention with photographs of her wearing a bikini on every beach in the south of France.
According to The Guardian, Bardot's photographs in particular turned Saint-Tropez into the beachwear capital of the world,  with Bardot identified as the original Cannes bathing beauty.
Funicello was not permitted to expose her navel. No , wore a white bikini , which became known as the " Dr. It became one of the most famous bikinis of all time and an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history. As a result of starring in Dr. No as the first Bond girl , I was given the freedom to take my pick of future roles and to become financially independent. It wasn't so much like lingerie anymore.
According to French fashion historian Olivier Saillard, this was due to "the power of women, and not the power of fashion". Full Throttle made the two-piece "the millennial equivalent of the power suit", according to Gina Bellafonte of The New York Times ,  According to Beth Dincuff Charleston, research associate at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The bikini represents a social leap involving body consciousness, moral concerns, and sexual attitudes.
Several incidents of families being evicted from public pools due to their child being topless have been reported. Despite the conservative ideas prevalent in India, bikinis have become more popular. In summer, when women take up swimming, often in a public space, a lot of tankinis, shorts and single-piece swimsuits are sold.
In , In , when Lebanese magazine Ash-Shabaka printed a bikini-clad woman on the cover they had to make a second version with only the face of the model.
Bikini variants Selection of bikinis in shop window in the United States, While the name "bikini" was at first applied only to beachwear that revealed the wearer's navel, today the fashion industry considers any two-piece swimsuit a bikini. DuPont 's introduction of Lycra spandex in the s completely changed how bikinis were designed and worn, as according to Kelly Killoren Bensimon, a former model and author of The Bikini Book, "the advent of Lycra allowed more women to wear a bikini To meet the fast pace of demands, some manufacturers now offer made-to-order bikinis ready in as few as seven minutes.