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Teen magazines of late 1940s and 1950s featured similar designs of midriff-baring suits and tops.However, midriff fashion was stated as only for beaches and informal events and considered indecent to be worn in public.While still considered risqué, the bikini gradually became a part of popular culture when film stars—Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress and others—began wearing them on public beaches and in film.The bikini design became common in most Western countries by the mid-1960s as beachwear, swimwear and underwear.The bikini has gradually grown to gain wide acceptance in Western society.By the early 2000s, bikinis had become a US1 million business annually, and boosted spin-off services such as bikini waxing and sun tanning.
The promotion for the film, released in France in March 1953, drew more attention to Bardot's bikinis than to the film itself.
Inspired by the introduction of females into Olympic swimming he designed a close-fitting costume with shorts for the bottom and short sleeves for the top.
During the 1920s and 1930s, people began to shift from "taking in the water" to "taking in the sun", at bathhouses and spas, and swimsuit designs shifted from functional considerations to incorporate more decorative features.
The bathing gown of the 18th century was a loose ankle-length full-sleeve chemise-type gown made of wool or flannel that retained coverage and modesty.
In 1907, Australian swimmer and performer Annette Kellerman was arrested on a Boston beach for wearing form-fitting sleeveless one-piece knitted swimming tights that covered her from neck to toe, a costume she adopted from England, In 1913, designer Carl Jantzen made the first functional two-piece swimwear.