An Eye-Opening Look at the Ever-Evolving History of the Bikini

The history of the bikini is a tale we’re betting you never read about in school, and it’s one that owes itself to centuries of social advancements and progressive thinking.

The Bikini’s Very Humble Stone Beginnings

It wasn’t called a bikini, it didn’t really look like a bikini, but it was a glimpse to the garment’s past.

The history of women and their use of bathing suits is much longer than often assumed. It goes back all the way to the 6th millennium BC. Archaeological evidence shows that women have worn some variety of bathing apparel in some of the oldest civilizations.

This image shows a statue widely known as Venus (or Aphrodite) in a bikini-looking garment as she prepares for a bath. Almost naked, there are details suggesting she is sporting some type of outfit.

Life in Ancient Sicily and Early Proof of the Two-Piece

Image of the “bikini girls” mosaic at the Piazza Armerina in Sicily.

Perfectly preserved mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily date from the 4th century. They mostly show scenes of everyday life in this fascinating place, situated in the middle of the island, near the city of Enna.

What we can learn from this collection is that the young women of that time were wearing bikinis while frolicking about and enjoying their time of leisure under the beautiful Sicilian sky.