In many countries it was banned from beaches and public places.
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 name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Réard, the designer of the bikini.
He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the nuclear bomb was taking place.
The size of a bikini bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design.However, midriff fashion was stated as only for beaches and informal events and considered indecent to be worn in public.Wartime production during World War II required vast amounts of cotton, silk, nylon, wool, leather, and rubber.The 1932 Hollywood film Three on a Match featured a midriff baring two piece bathing suit.
Teen magazines of late 1940s and 1950s featured similar designs of midriff-baring suits and tops.With the development of new clothing materials, particularly latex and nylon, swimsuits gradually began hugging the body through the 1930s, with shoulder straps that could be lowered for tanning.