Fashion notes… bikinis!

24 Sep
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by Mari
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When you think of Brazilian clothing, be honest, you imagine scantily clad bronzed maidens in itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny bikinis.
(This post was brought to you by Mari. Many thanks Mari! Excellent topic!)
Maybe surprisingly for Europeans, but topless women on Brazilian beaches are never seen… they wear micro-clothing to get brown and stay cool in the sunshine. But what do you know about this piece of famous beachwear?
The bikini over the years
The bikini was released in 1946, and this name is related to an atoll in the Pacific, a place where atomic bombs was tested in the late 1940s.
Thus, it was intended to propose that a woman in a bikini caused, at the time, the effect of an “atomic bomb”. In France, the term is a registered trademark.
The earliest precursors of bikinis ever heard were shown a fourth-century Roman mosaic in which several women in tight skirts and bustier, play sports.
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Rebuilding the bikini is disputed by two French designers: First, in 1946, Jacques Heim introduced the “atom” as “the world’s smallest bathing suit”, three weeks later, Louis Réard showed the “bikini, smaller than the smallest bathing suit in the world ” and got the reputation of the creator of the piece.
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But, in the 50s, women were not prepared to use such small garments, showing the navel. The bikinis were therefore banned in several countries, including Portugal. However, actresses like Brigitte Bardot were against all the prejudices of the time and joined the bikini as an instrument of seduction in movies and photos.
Then,in the 1960s, the bikini reached the peak of popularity, used often as adornment in movies and music, and causing social and political controversy. It became a symbol and in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) we first saw the popular and now famous “dental floss” bikinis.
In the 70s came the low-waisted bikinis also quite common these days due to the resumption of fashion. In general, smooth lower garments and stamped tops.
In the 1990s, the bikini bottom was kind of `sunguinha` or short. The camouflage pattern on it was typical of the decade.
In the 2000s, there was a mixture of several old fashions, especially the 1970s and 1990s. Quite different new models were created and presented in fashion shows, creating new styles and crazes.
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The bikini is today one of the sexiest items of clothing and used throughout  the summer.
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One Response to “Fashion notes… bikinis!”

  1. tribalingua September 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    What`s a sunga?… do real men wear sungas or speedos?

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