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Archive - July 5th 2016, 70 years of the Bikini
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According to official history, the 5th July 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern bikini. Invented by French engineer Louis Reard and fashion designer Jacques Heim in Paris in 1946, it was named after the Bikini Atoll, the site of nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, on the supposed reasoning that the excitement it would cause would be like the impact of an atomic bomb.
Popular in France immediately, it initially caused controversy in many countries and it took until the 1960's before it became truly universal, helped by the numerous film depictions and the growth of mass tourism....

Henri Cartier-Bresson 1946

USA. NYC. Brooklyn. Coney Island. 1947.
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Robert Capa © International Center of Photography 1951

FRANCE. Deauville. 1951.
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Robert Capa © International Center of Photography 1951

FRANCE. Deauville. August, 1951. Woman in a bikini.
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Erich Lessing 1953

AUSTRIA. 1953.
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Philippe Halsman 1954

Italian actress, Gina LOLLOBRIGIDA.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson 1955

FRANCE. Ile-de-France. Yvelines. 1955.
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Herbert List 1955

ITALY. Capri. 1955.
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Erich Lessing 1956

Near Gdansk. Town of Sopot. The election of Miss Poland.
First...
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Erich Lessing 1958

GERMANY. West Berlin. 1958.
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Burt Glinn 1959

CUBA. Havana. 1959. Bikini model on rooftop.
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Elliott Erwitt 1959

FRANCE. St Tropez. 1959.
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Elliott Erwitt 1959

FRANCE. Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region. Var department. Town...
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Eve Arnold 1960

USA. California. Los Angeles. US actress Marilyn MONROE. 1960....
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Erich Lessing 1960

ITALY. Emilia Romagna region. Cesenatico. Beach.
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Bob Henriques 1961

US actress Anne BANCROFT. 1961.
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David Hurn 1962

UK. London. Ursula Andress. Actress. Ursula Andress. Swiss-born...
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Leonard Freed 1963

USA. Harlem. NY. 1963. Beauty contest in Harlem.
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Philippe Halsman 1963

German actress Romy SCHNEIDER. 1963.
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Bruce Davidson 1963

USA. Georgia. Atlanta. 1963. Jayne MANSFIELD posing poolside...
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Bruce Davidson 1965

USA. Los Angeles. 1965.
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Burt Glinn 1966

USA. New York City. 1966. Richard AVEDON in his studio with model,...
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Eve Arnold 1966

UKRAINE. Kiev. Matrons and lovers on the Black Sea at Sochi....
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Dennis Stock 1966

VIRGIN ISLANDS. A young woman floats on her back in the clear...
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Burt Glinn 1966

USA. Chicago, IL. 1966. Playboy founder Hugh HEFNER with a Playboy...
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Rene Burri 1967

"Jeunesse dorée", rich kids partying over the weekend.
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Burt Glinn 1968

USA. Las Vegas, Nevada. Four sunbathers on leopard skin-printed...
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Elliott Erwitt 1968

GERMANY. Schleswig-Holstein. Island of Sylt. 1968.
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Dennis Stock 1968

USA. California. Bikini on a California beach. 1968.
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Rene Burri 1971

Plage de Disneyland.
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JK 1972

GREAT-BRITAIN. England. Southend. 1972.
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Thomas Hoepker 1975

EAST GERMANY. Thuringia. Weimar. 1975. A girl in a bikini works...
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Guy Le Querrec 1976

FRANCE. Alpes-Maritimes. Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat. 1976.
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Elliott Erwitt 1977

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Elliott Erwitt 1978

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Raymond Depardon 1978

LEBANON. Beirut. 1978. Civil War. Summerland beach club.
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Richard Kalvar 1980

ITALY. Pitrizza. 1980.
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Peter Marlow 1981

USSR. Sochi. Sochi Beach. 1981
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Bruce Gilden 1982

USA. NYC. Coney Island. 1982. Woman on beach pointing at a man...
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Harry Gruyaert 1982

USA. Nevada. Las Vegas. Caesar's Palace Hotel. 1982.
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Richard Kalvar 1984

Ile de Ventotene.
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Raymond Depardon 1985

CHINA. Beijing. 1985.
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Carl De Keyzer 1988

RUSSIA. Sochi. Russian riviera. 1988.
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Bruno Barbey 1988

UKRAINE. Yalta. 1988.
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Ferdinando Scianna 1989

MAURITIUS: fashion story, Jasmin GHAURI.
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Elliott Erwitt 1990

BRAZIL. Rio de Janeiro. 1990.
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Elliott Erwitt 1990

BRAZIL. Buzios.1990.
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David Hurn 1991

USA. CALIFORNIA. Desert Hot Springs. The real estate high value...
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Bruce Davidson 1992

USA. New York City. 1992. Central Park.
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