Whenever we head to the beach or swim in a pool nowadays it’s the norm to see women wearing two piece bikinis.
The skimpy swimwear made up of a lycra top and bottoms is easy to wear in the water, lets you get a great tan and it’s breathable in the hot summer sun.
But, while the one piece swimming costume gets its name from its function, the bikini is named after something rather more unusual.
And, the word bikini has become so commonplace that most of us don’t even think about how it got its name…
Well, you might be shocked to realise that it’s actually named after the Bikini Attoll – a coral reef attoll in the Marshall Islands that was used extensively for atom bomb testing between 1946 and 1958.
So, why is the bikini named after a remote island? Well, that’s thanks to its inventor Louis Réard.
The French engineer and clothing designer invented the two piece as up until then ladies’ swimwear was much larger and covered more of the body and post-war women wanted an option that was more liberating.
His bikini was made from just 30 inches of fabric and was both revolutionary and scandalous.
But, he was competing with another designer, Jaques Heim, who advertised his latest swimwear as the “world’s smallest bathing suit” and named it the “atom”.
So, Louis decided to name the two piece after the Bikini Attoll – where the Americans tested the atom bomb – and said that it “split the atom” as not-so-subtle shade towards Jaques design.
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He also cheekily described it as “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit”, reports history.com.
Louis’ bikini made waves in 1946 when it was released and he said that it wasn’t a true bikini unless you could slip it through a wedding ring.
We’re sure he’d approve of the latest trend in micro bikinis!
So, essentially, the bikini got its name because of two fashion designers competing to create something scandalous after the end of the Second World War.
The more you know, ey?
On Reddit, where the fact was being discussed, one poster said: “That’s absolutely brilliant, what a smart way to mess with your competitor.”
While another added: “This is one of my favourite stories to tell at a party.”
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