life:

On the bikini’s birthday — the modern version of the two-piece was introduced to the world on July 5, 1946, in Paris — LIFE celebrates a summer staple that has enjoyed a dizzying array of permutations through the years.
See the photos here on LIFE.com.

life:

On the bikini’s birthday — the modern version of the two-piece was introduced to the world on July 5, 1946, in Paris — LIFE celebrates a summer staple that has enjoyed a dizzying array of permutations through the years.

See the photos here on LIFE.com.