The bikini is a swimsuit that all women use to go to the beach or pool, but have you ever wondered how bikinis started or who invented them? In today's article we compile a brief summary of the history and evolution of the bikini and swimsuit.


The early 1800s was when people started going to the beaches and enjoying the sea thanks to the invention of the railway. For the first time, the need for a garment to submerge in the sea that was elegant and covered enough to keep the skin white (symbol of nobility) appeared.
At first, the woman used dresses that had stones placed in the hem to prevent the clothes from floating and her legs from being seen. Years later, long bloomers designed by Amelia Bloomer appeared for women's swimwear and "Turkish" pants and "paletot" dresses made with a very heavy flannel fabric to prevent it from floating in the sea.
In 1890, women used to dress in long-sleeved black wool dresses that reached the knee, had a sailor collar and breeches underneath. The most common was to wear black stockings and specialized shoes for the bathroom with laces and fancy caps.
At the end of the 19th century, people gathered on the beaches to practice sports such as surfing or swimming, and a new concept was needed for the swimsuit. In 1910 the swimsuits did not cover the woman's body as much as before and the figure of the woman was shown more. They began to do sports like swimming like men and needed a garment that did not weigh so much.
In the 1920s, men were already stripping from the waist up and women's swimsuits were already a single piece showing more and more skin (similar to a ballet leotard).
The bikini, an atomic bomb
The appearance of the bikini had to wait until 1946 when Louis Réard , an engineer of French origin, completely changed the concept of swimwear making history, but why is it called a bikini? Réard decided to make a swimsuit that was made up of two pieces which she called a bikini in honor of the Polynesian atoll called bikini (where nuclear tests were carried out) and she invented the slogan "The bikini, an atomic bomb".
In the 50s and 60s, the bikini was worn by many public figures (although there were some who still refused to wear it). It was Úrsula Andress , one of the "Bond girls" who gave a boost to this garment, gaining more popularity among women of the time. In our country, the bikini was prohibited until the end of the 60s and thanks to the Swedish girls who came to spend the summer, they began to be well seen.
In 1974, the bikini companies tried to solve one of their main problems: saving fabric . It was Carlos Ficcardi who improvised and finally managed to turn the panty design around until it became a thong . Years later, the concept of the trikini (a joined bikini) was born and in the 80s, Jane Fonda went a step further by giving bikinis a sporty air and modifying the bottoms so that they covered up to the navel (high waist).
The bikini begins to lose fame in the 90s due to the Baywatch series. All the girls of the time wanted to wear the red swimsuit so typical of the series and that we can still see today. In addition, in 2000 burkinis appear in Australia (a swimsuit that covers the entire body and was worn especially by Muslim women).
In 2010, bikinis adapt to new trends and begin to have a more sporty air . Neoprene began to be used and neon colors began to be used in most designs. In addition, women are beginning to want an intermediate panty between the normal one and the thong, and the concept of "cheecky" appears.
We find many brands of bikinis but many times we go to the beach or the pool and we have the same one as the girl next door . Have you ever imagined being able to design your own bikini? Quelton solves those needs by making bikinis entirely by hand.
We have a great team behind us that is in charge of searching for the best suppliers, a workshop for the best preparation and quality of the product. In addition, we personally take care of advising you and helping you choose the colors and shapes that best suit you. Do you dare to design your own bikini? Do not hesitate to contact us!
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