Bikinis in the past
In Paris, where a poolside fashion show was held, bikinis made their first debut. When the bikinis first come into the fashion world, the French models were shocked and taken aback at the revealing cuts that it had and this was in 1946. The French automotive mechanical engineer who was running his mother’s lingerie at the time (Louis Reard) noticed that women on their beaches had to roll the edges of the swimsuits to get a tan. He, therefore, thought to create a minimal design to what they were formally wearing. Therefore the first design he made exposed the navel and this was the string bikini. He made the first design out of the inspiration he got from a newspaper pattern. The regular models did not want to wear them. He, therefore, had to choose Micheline Bernardini, a 19-year-old nude dancer. The design was introduced to the public on 5th July 1946. Before this, the 4th century had Roman gymnasts wearing bikini bottoms and anklets that will suffice for our current attire on many beaches now. In the 20th century there existed what was called the bathing machine. The women at the time went to great lengths to conceal themselves. They wore the bathing suits under their fully donned clothes. When they wanted to swim, they will go into these carts and be pushed to the seaside and then take a swim in the sea without being observed from the shore by anybody.
The decades following that saw a loosening up on the dress code for swimwear. Actually, the high waisted bikini, we can say was introduced at this point, because it concealed the navel, hips and the bottom of the ladies who wore them. But later on, it came back to sheer clothing. When famous actresses and model began to wear them, their fame began to spread like wildfire. American, Brazilians, Latinos and the rest of the world begun to catch up with the bikini.
Some challenges of the bikini
In some places, however, there have been some controversies regarding the wearing of the bikini. In 2011, Barcelona, Spain made banned the wear of bikinis in public areas except for the beachside areas only. If you were caught, you would have to pay a fine of close to 300 euros. In 2012, some Filipino were banned from their graduation because they posted bikini photos on Facebook. They however went to court to seek redress and won. In 2013, Cambridge University banned a club in one of their sub colleges from having its annual bikini jelly wrestling. Whilst in South Carolina, four women were arrested for wearing bikinis that exposed their bottoms. The actress, Gwyneth Paltrow also came under sharp criticism because she made a bikini clothing line for girls 4-8 yrs old. They accused her of trying to sexualize children at a very young age and were not in any way going to tolerate it.
High waisted bikini today
In the now, high waisted bikini has become a fashion item among the clothing of women. It’s a required piece of clothing for every traveller no matter which country you come from. The high waist bikini is beautiful in their own right. When worn it makes the body look beautiful. It brings out the shape of the one wearing it. The beautiful designs that it comes in makes wearing a high waisted bikini classy. It is more than casual outside wear : it’s a necessity. High waisted bikini are available in all sizes. Whether slim or plus size, your dream to look sexy on the beach or at the poolside will not be hindered. The beauty of the high waist bikini cannot be overemphasized. With is smooth feel on the body, it has the power to transform you into a beauty. The high waisted bikini has now become ubiquitous. You can’t say you have successfully packed for a trip somewhere without adding it to our luggage. It has now become a daily culture and a symbol in the fashion world.