Outdoor swimming pool of the newly renovated Molitor Paris. – mltr.fr/en
The first bikini, designed by Louis Réard, was modelled for the first time by dancer Micheline Bernardini at Piscine Molitor Paris in 1946. Photograph: AFP. – Photo: bitrebels.com
Réard’s design gave the bikini its name and business boomed as he pronounced a “genuine’ bikini could be pulled through a wedding ring.” – Photo: bitrebels.com
Illustration of the newly renovated Molitor Hotel Paris, reopened last May. – Photo: flayks.com
Molitor Paris: Birthplace of the bikini
The original art-deco Molitor pool house built almost a century ago where they first introduced the bikini reopened last May as the Molitor Paris, a luxury boutique hotel, spa and private club.
Dubbed the birthplace of the bikini, the Piscine Molitor had two pools, one indoor for winter and one outdoor which was where the fashionable chic Parisians socialized from the 1920’s to 60’s.
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