modeling the first bikini (1946)
1 December 1927 |
Designer Louis Réard could not find a fashion model willing to showcase his design for a two-piece swimsuit, so he hired Bernardini, a 19-year-old nude dancer from the Casino de Paris, as his model. He introduced his design, a two-piece swimsuit with a g-string back made out of 30 square inches (194 cm2) of cloth with newspaper type pattern, which he called a bikini, at a press conference at the Piscine Molitor, a popular public pool in Paris.
Photographs of Bernardini and articles about the event were widely carried by the press. The International Herald Tribune alone ran nine stories on the event. The bikini was a hit, especially among men, and Bernardini received over 50,000 fan letters.
Bernardini later moved to Australia where she worked at the Tivoli Theatre. Bernardini later married an American soldier and moved to the United States, where she worked as an actress until 1970.
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- McLeod, Alan Lindsey. R. G. Howarth, Australian man of letters, Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd, 2005, ISBN 1-932705-53-8. p.81
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