Girl in Bikini
Christine German Girl in Australia Models a Bikini
In 1946, Heim, a clothing designer, fashioned a two-piece bathing suit that he named the "Atome." Several months later, Reard, a mechanical engineer, followed suit and designed a similar garment. Capitalizing on a recent "hot" topic, he named his creation the "Bikini" Reard was the better marketer, and his version of the bikini won most of the publicity (and controversy). The new fashion was so scant, Reard had difficulty finding a model to wear the suit on the catwalks of Paris. He finally convinced a nude dancer to model his design, and the rest is swimsuit history.