Bathing Suit

JRS by Catalina1971

The Valentine

The Valentine
Richmond, United States

On July 5, 1946, Louis Réard (1897–1984) introduced the first two-piece bathing suit small enough to expose the navel. When the style sparked controversy, fashion editor Diana Vreeland quipped: “it’s that kind of thinking that holds people back for thousands of years.” The Richmond woman who wore this bikini may have agreed. In1959, the excavation of a 4th century Roman villa in southern Italy proved Vreeland right, revealing an ancient Roman mosaic of female athletes wearing two-piece garments much like the modern day bikini


  • Title: Bathing Suit
  • Creator: JRS by Catalina
  • Date: 1971
  • Type: Nylon jersey knit
  • Contributor: Nancy S. Mead

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