Letter From Paris Mode City 2015

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Kathryn Kemp-Griffin, President of Pink Bra Bazaar, a lingerie charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for breast cancerby Kathryn Kemp-Griffin
TLJ’s Associate Editor for France

Kathryn is the co-founder of Pink Bra Bazaar, a charity dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer. She is also founder of  Paris Lingerie Tours and offers exclusive lingerie tours as an unusual alternative to the regular tourist attractions.

Contact Kathryn at: kathryn@thelingeriejournal.com


Had Shakespeare been around in 1946 for the début of the bikini, he would have seen just how fierce « little » could be. When French engineer Louis Réard presented the first bikini at a beauty pagent fashion show at the Molitor swimming pool in Paris on July 5th, 1946 it caused such a sensation that none of the models would wear it. Too revealing! Finally, Micheline Bernardini, an exotic dancer at the Casino de Paris, accepted, liberating belly buttons forever.

On July 5, 2015, sixty-nine years later in the same swimming pool, Mode City in partnership with Nuits de Satin, celebrated the bikini and other iconic swimsuits in an exceptional fashion show featuring swimwear fashions from 1890 to today.

Let’s take a swim through history.

Swimsuits from 1890-1962

Private Collection Ghislaine Rayer and Patrice Gaulupeau, Nuits de Satin.
Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor Swimsuits from 1890-1962


Bathing suit made of wool. 1890, France.

Private Collection Ghislaine Rayer and Patrice Gaulupeau, Nuits de Satin.
Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 1890, France. Bathing suit made of wool.


First bikini by Louis Réard. 1946, France

Private Collection Ghislaine Rayer and Patrice Gaulupeau, Nuits de Satin.
Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 1946, France. First bikini by Louis Réard


Gold Lamé Swimsuits. 1940, USA.

Swimming champion Esther Williams continues her winning gold streak by creating a collection of gold lamé swimsuits with Cole of California. Private Collection Ghislaine Rayer and Patrice Gaulupeau, Nuits de Satin.

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 1940, USA.


Liberon-Vahine-Kestos Epoque “New-Look” 1948, France

Private Collection Ghislaine Rayer and Patrice Gaulupeau, Nuits de Satin.

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 1948, France


Mareka, Style “Ursula Andress” in James Bond, Dr No. 1962, France

Private Collection Ghislaine Rayer and Patrice Gaulupeau, Nuits de Satin.

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 1962, France


Charmena. 1968, Germany

Private Collection Ghislaine Rayer and Patrice Gaulupeau, Nuits de Satin.

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 1968, Germany


DNUD. 2015, France

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 2015, France


Sea Folly. 2015, Australia

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molito Sea Folly


Raffaela D’Angelo. 2015, Italy

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 015, Italy Raffaela D’Angelo


Carioca Collection. 2015, France

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 2015, France. Carioca Collection


Simone Pérèle. 2015, France

Letter From Paris Mode City 2015 Molitor 2015, France. Simone Pérèle


Photo Credits: Mode City 2015 © Angels’Sea Studio – Mallet – Le Fur – Rustuel.
Video Credit: Kathryn Kemp-Griffin


Contact Information

Nuits Satin: www.nuitsdesatin.com
DNUD: www.d-nu-d.com
Sea Folly: www.seafolly.com
Raffaela D’Angelo: www.raffaeladangelo.com
Carioca Collection: www.cariocacollection.com
Simone Pérèle: www.simone-perele.com

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