Curated Collection

Archival: Swimsuit Fashion


On July 5, 1946, Micheline Bernardini modeled Louis Réard’s bold new two-piece swimsuit—made out of just 30 inches of fabric—at the Molitor swimming pool in Paris. The bikini is named after the atomic bomb test that took place earlier the same week on Bikini Atoll. Explore archival swimsuit fashion from decades past in this editorial stock footage collection.