Countdown at Crossroads – 13 July 1946

bikini swimsuit

Bikini Atoll, 13 July 1946.  While my shipmates and I were sweating it out in the Marshall Islands getting ready for the second atomic bomb test, the Bikini swimsuit was unveiled in Paris. The news broadcasts said the “brief” was named after the atomic bomb tests at Bikini and it “exploded” onto the world.  Pretty soon, men would be referring to women of a certain build as “bomb shells”. (The first-ever Bikini was modelled on 5 July 1946 at the Molitor pool in Paris by 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a dancer from the Casino de Paris. Photo AFP/Getty Images)

One thought on “Countdown at Crossroads – 13 July 1946

  1. Love the connection you’ve pointed out between a momentous moment in history and the beginning of a dramatic and enduring “fashion statement”!

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