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05/07/1946 French engineer Louis Réard introduces the bikini

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Women's Bikini Throughout History

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Documentary History of the Bikini

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The history of the bikini | Fashion

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Jessica Rey - The evolution of the swim suit

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The Bikini: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius

Réard was an automotive engineer by training but he had to take over his mother's lingerie business. One day on St. Tropez beaches, he noticed women rolling up the edges of their swimsuits to get a better tan. So, he designed a swimsuit with the midriff exposed. Similar garments are, however, known from the antiquity.
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