Let me start my weekend off with that thing that I seem to always do….a history lesson.
Since it is Summer let me ask what is the one thing that lets us know that Summer is here and is here to stay for a couple of months?
….Pause here for time to think…….
Stop! It is the Bikini….the answer is the BIKINI!
A piece of attire that we take for granted these days……had a rocky start back in the after World War Two……
Americans will be cavorting on the beach, many of them in swimwear that covers as little as possible. In 2006, Julia Turner traced the history of the bikini to explain its exploding popularity. The article is reprinted below.
Sixty years ago, the world’s first bikini made its debut at a poolside fashion show in Paris. The swimsuit is now so ubiquitous—and comparatively so demure—that it’s hard to comprehend how shocking people once found it. When the bikini first arrived, its revealing cut scandalized even the French fashion models who were supposed to wear it; they refused, and the original designer had to enlist a stripper instead. The images below illustrate how the bikini slowly gained acceptance—first on the Riviera, then in the United States—and became a beachfront staple.
The bikini was the best invention for the sport of girl watching and it all began in 1946….today the bikini gets little to no thought….it is a inevitable that Summer will bring them out.
It is hot here and the garden is just too hot in the afternoon for a sit and sip….there is a reason they call it Summer, huh?
I hope you can enjoy your Saturday and that you are well and safe…..I hope I see you guys tomorrow for all your blogging needs……chuq