History of the Bikini and Mini Skirt

Fashion has gone in the history of mankind describing it. It is possible to define a time depending on how people dressed back then. Dreams, desires, fears, insecurities, culture… Everything is reflected in the dressing room.

Also, many of the items that were invented at a time from a certain need, have been redefining it and adopting new meanings as the years passed.

Nowadays, garments that you usually look regularly, like the miniskirt or bikini, have a curious and interesting origin. Let’s see:

The miniskirt

Mary Quant, a British designer, revolutionized the world on July 10, 1964 to present her collection spring – summer, which saw the light, for the first time, the miniskirt.

This piece, which exposes one of the sexiest parts of the female body, has always been symbol of coquetry and freshness, and has conquered the whole world. Its length can be variable, but always above the knee.

The true miniskirt should see at least half of the thigh.

That daring release, that could have buried the fame of the designer, was a success and surprisingly this small piece had great success and became one of the symbols of Western fashion.

The idea came in a strange way: the designer was inspired by the Mini car. The French designer André Courrèges has spent his life holding that, in reality, the inventor had been it, but could never check it.

In its early days it turned out to be one provocation rather than a trend, however, soon became a widespread fashion. Not even the condemnation of the Vatican could against the massification of the miniskirt. His fame reached definitely appear in Vogue magazine.

At the time, the model Twiggy, languid, soft and stereotype of ideal beauty, was one of the first to use it and in provoking an avalanche of criticism, which argued that fashion was against morality. For his part, Jackelyn Kennedy opted for the miniskirt in 1966, their famous outfits and dresses. Thus, the glamorous first lady promoted unintentionally this garment, and marked one of the most popular trends of recent times: “Jackie style”.

Since then and until today, the fashion express increasingly more freedom and therefore there is a type of mini for every taste.


Believe it or not, bikini has its origin in 1600 B.C., according to attest the mosaics decorated with images of women in a dress of two-piece found in Italy. But as we mentioned on BikiniWill.com, some clothes and fashions go through eras, epochs, and they are redefining. This is how those precarious pieces of cloth that women used to 3,600 years ago became what they are today thanks to Louis Réard. In 1946, this renowned French designer, created in his workshop in Paris car an absolute novelty in the world of the female swimsuit: the bikini.

According to the story, Micheline Bernardini, a dancer from the Casino de Paris, was the first model in bikini. Reard had to resort to it because no professional model dared to wear a garment as immoral. It is attributed to Bernardini, in turn, the name. Apparently the dancer suggested this name alleging that it would be “more explosive than the Bikini pump”, alluding to an atomic explosion that destroyed all vegetation from a small island in the South Pacific, carrying the same name.

The garment begins to become popular thanks to the legendary diva Brigitte Bardot, who used to wear it with glamour and flirtatious while on holiday in St Tropez and Cannes. His role in the film Et Dieu crea the femme (and God created woman), 1957, encouraged dozens of women to use it. Taste well the collaboration of singer Brian Hyland and his song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie yellow Polka Dot Bikini arouses among American adolescents as this garment, then, of scandal.

France accepted without problems the swimsuit because it considered it synonymous with freedom, while the Catholic Nations and even United States, took several years to adopt it to their clothing. In countries such as Portugal, Italy or Spain was prohibited until it took force in film and television.

Over the years, it was amended in terms of cuts, materials and processes, becoming increasingly more powerful and sensual.