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Bikini Story

Bikini Story

By Alac, Patrik

It was in 1946 that the world first came to hear of a coral atoll in the Marshall Islands called Bikini. The following year, French couturier Louis Reard borrowed the name and applied it to a bathing costume for women. Breaking from decades of conformity, Reard dared to 'undress'... women's bodies in order to better emphasize what remained clothed - albeit in tiny wisps of material. By taking up the bikini as popular beachwear, women also found themselves thinking differently about their bodies. An ideal of perfection was reinforced by the appearance on the cinema screen of stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and Ursula Andress, all of whom were featured in bikinis that accentuated their own curvaceous contours. More than a bathing costume, the bikini made its own contribution during the 1970s to the sexual revolution and to the changing relationship between men and women in general. This book investigates the history of the bikini and its effect on the evolution in the perception of women in society, as women regained responsibility for the way they look and laid claim once more to full sexual equality. A collection of images throughout this book illustrates this progression step-by-step over a period of more than 50 years.
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ISBN 9781780429519
Published 17 Jan 2018
Publisher Parkstone International
Availabilty Not yet available in NZ
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ISBN-13 9781780429519
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Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Parkstone International
Imprint Parkstone International
Released 17 Jan 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Not specified
Author(s) By Alac, Patrik
Series Temporis
Category Photography & Photographs
Photographic Equipment & Techniques
Industrial / Commercial Art & Design
Fashion Design
History of Specific Subjects
Social Sciences
Women's Studies
Costume, Clothes & Fashion
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 391.48
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NBS Text Photography
ONIX Text General/trade