As prescribed by Paulina Constancia
This week DDoA brings you DOTermination, a special series featuring folks, trends and events that made or are making their mark in the history of dots…
But before we get started, here’s a little information I gathered about POLKA DOT:
The pattern shares its name with the dance form, making one suspect there is a connection linking the pattern to the dance. However, the name was likely settled upon merely because of the dance’s popularity at the time the pattern became fashionable, just as many other products and fashions of the era also adopted the polka name.
There were many other “polka” items, some of which include “polka-hats” and “polka-jackets.” Most disappeared with the fad of the actual polka dance. Only the polka dot fabric pattern remained popular, and the name has been left intact over the years.
*Polka comes from the Polish “pulka” meaning half-step in dance. Perhaps the delightful dance that takes one around in circles was its inspiration, but no matter, the dots have made an indelible smash on all kinds of fashion and ware (& more) via authorsden
Itsy bitsy teeny weeny – of course you know what follows after that phrase – yellow polka dot bikini!
Today we’ll look into the bikini: how it was named, how it was received by the public and how a song by Brian Hyland changed things for the controversial beach fashion from Europe…
BIKINI: a little history
Info via history.com
The events in Europe before the arrival of the bikini:
Fortified coastlines and Allied invasions curtailed beach life during the war, and swimsuit development, like everything else non-military, came to a standstill.
In 1946, Western Europeans joyously greeted the first war-free summer in years, and French designers came up with fashions to match the liberated mood of the people.
Who designed the daring two piece swimwear?
Two French designers, Jacques Heim and Louis Reard, developed competing prototypes of the daring 2 piece swimwear:
Curious stories about the unveiling of the swimsuit:
Prohibitions and Eventual Acceptance of the Bikini
Brian Hyland singing Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini on a TV show
A REMAKE of Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Bombalurina
Are you curious about what happened to the Bikini Atoll?
Paradise lost – ‘for the good of mankind’
In 1946, the US government sent the 167 natives of Bikini Atoll into exile while it set about destroying their island with 23 nuclear tests. Local resident Jack Niedenthal tells what happened next.
Read more on The Guardian
About the bikini fashion: I am a firm believer in the saying “leave a little bit to the imagination”. And also, when traveling around the world, it is important to respect local customs- including suggested beachwear.
About the Bikini Atoll bombings: if we share an awareness of our connectedness, this sort of insanity would never have happened (and can never be allowed to happen again). We share the same earth, the same waters…harming even one tiny island, affects all of us, believe it or not!