Historical Bikini.

On this day in 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveiled a daring two-piece swimsuit at a popular swimming pool in Paris. Reard called it the “bikini,” inspired by the U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.

This quilt, titled “Historical Bikini” was made by Rebecca Navarro of Sugar Land, Texas for the “Alliances” quilt contest held by the Quilt Alliance in 2011.  From Navarro’s artist statement: “Dressing the ancient female figure in a bikini takes her out of her element. By standing the figure in front of the graffiti covered wall, art from the past is joined to the present.”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.

Source:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bikini-introduced

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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