“…the first outing of the bikini on July 5, 1946 created a huge scandal. This miniature item of swimwear designed by Louis Réard was named after an atoll in the Pacific recently used for nuclear testing. For the very first time, the navel was revealed. No model was prepared to run the risk of wearing one and it was immortalised by a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris, Michèle Bernardini. The bikini was banned in several European countries and declared sinful by the Vatican. However, General Franco allowed it, in the hope of attracting more tourists to Spain’s beaches.
“If you’ve solved your dressing problems satisfactorily for yourself, you are bound to attract the people you want to attract and for the reasons you want to attract them: a better job, a new mate, a competent lover, a fresh friend.
Elizabeth Hawes, The Most Brilliant American Fashion Designer