July 5, 1946, less than a week after the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific, a Frenchman named Louis Rare — automobile engineer-turned-designer — introduced the world to the lovers of the world’s smallest swimsuit. He called his creation the bikini. As he himself said later, the name was born when he saw how women were hitting on swimwear to sunbathe more.
The two piece swimsuit was invented long before the creation Rear. Even on Greek urns and mosaics, which for more than 3000 years, shows female athletes in swimsuits in two parts. But the genius of creation Rear that he has created a swimsuit from a low fabric, which at the same time could be worn in public. He said that the swimsuit cannot be called a bikini if both parts are not in engagement ring.
We present you photographs from the archives of Life magazine dedicated to the bikini. Let’s see, what were these bikini in the first years of their popularity.