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Jan 15, 2010
VS Brings the (real) Monokini Back

Victoria Secret's 2010 Swim line includes a piece they're calling the "topless bikini" - a swimsuit with the sides cutout and connected at the center (you got it, so far, the description of a monokini). But, the version VS carries has a bandeau top that can be removed from the ensemble for that original topless monokini look from the 60s.

We explain: the current use of "monokini" in designer swimwear fashion is described in the cut-away method above, and doesn't commonly involve bare breasts as part of the design. However, the original monokini, introduced in the US by Austrian-American designer Rudi Gernreich in 1964 was exactly what VS has now, bare breasts and all. Rudi's first monokini looked like a one-piece swimsuit cut off slightly below the breasts, leaving them exposed, and two straps over the shoulders.

As one can guess, the original monokini was not successful in the US in the 60s. But, what do you think of VS' style below, would you wear it as the original monokini was intended? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

VS Topless Bikini - Monokini
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