Its a teeny, weeny, yellow polka-dotted bikini, was not invented in the mid 20th Century. In fact based on a roman mosaics in the Villa of Casale near Piazza Armerina, Sicily from circa 300 CE, is the first known depiction of women wearing scanty two piece outfits. So women in Ancient Roman times wore Bikinis, they just did not call them that.
Piazza Armerina, Sicily
- History of the bikini – Wikipedia
The history of the bikini can be traced back to antiquity. … French engineer Louis Réard introduced the modern bikini, modeled by Micheline Bernardini, on July 5, 1946, borrowing the name for his design from the Bikini Atoll, where post-war testing on the atomic bomb was happening.
- The History of the Bikini – Photo Essays – TIME
On July 5, 1946, a French engineer called Louis Réard unveiled an outfit “smaller than the world’s smallest swimsuit.” It arrived with a bang, so named after the nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, and remains popular to this day
- The History of the Bikini – Timeline of How the Bikini Changed Through …
In Europe, women start wearing bathing outfits that reveal a sliver of skin at the waist, and suits shrink stateside as fabric is rationed during World War II.