On 5 July 1946, the two-piece bikini was worn for the first time by 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a French model and dancer from the Casino de Paris. She is holding a small box into which the entire swimsuit could be packed. (Photo Keystone/Getty Images).
The bikini was supposedly named after the site of the first postwar atomic bomb test on 1 July 1946 at the Bikini Atoll. The bikini’s unveiling by designer Louis Reard caused a cultural explosion and Ms Bernardini received over 50,000 fan letters.
Operation Crossroads – Lest We Forget! An Eyewitness Account, Bikini Atomic Bomb Tests 1946 by award-winning World War II military historian William L. McGee. (BMC Publications, 2016)