First Bikini? : News Photo
First Bikini? : News Photo
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First Bikini?

The new 'Bikini' swimming costume (in a newsprint-patterned fabric), which caused a sensation at a beauty contest at the Molitor swimming pool in Paris. Designer Louis Reard was unable to find a 'respectable' model for his costume and the job of displaying it went to 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris. She is holding a small box into which the entire costume can be packed. Celebrated as the first bikini, Luard's design came a few months after a similar two-piece design was produced by French designer Jacques Heim. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Restrictions:Contact your local office for all commercial or promotional uses.Editorial Use Only
Credit:Keystone / Staff
Editorial #:2665369
Collection:Hulton Archive
Date created:July 07, 1946
License type:Rights-managed
Release info:Not released. More information
Source:Hulton Archive
Barcode:HS9809
Object name:97f/07/huch/6292/46
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