On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard made a daring move by unveiling a two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a famed swimming pool in Paris. After many failed attempts by Reard to find a model who would wear his design, he ended up hiring Micheline Bernardine, a nude dancer from Paris.
After being inspired by the atomic test conducted by the United States in Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, Reard decided to name his design a “bikini” which he said was an “atom,” and the “worlds smallest bathing suit.”
After the release of Reard’s design much disturbance followed, in some countries such as Spain and Italy, wearing the bikini was punishable by law up until the 1950’s. In the United States the bikini was resisted up until the 1960’s, this resistance changed due to mainstream artists such as Brian Hyland and Beach Boys who helped immortalize bikinis in the United States.
"Know that beauty is of two types: external and internal. Internal beauty is loved for itself; it is the beauty of knowledge, reason, generosity, chastity and courage. That inside beauty is what God looks at and loves in His servant. Moreover, inside beauty beautifies the external image even if it is not appealing, when the person is covered with reverence, sweetness and beautiful manners as much as his soul acquires of those features. A believer is granted reverence and beauty according to his faith, so he is revered by those who meet him and loved by those who deal with him. This is commonly observed as you can see the righteous, charitable and well-mannered man projecting the nicest impression even if he is plain in looks, especially when he has been blessed with keeping night prayers as they illuminate the face and beautify it."
Educated in the US and Japan, Anton lived and painted in New York City until 1999, when she moved to Los Angeles. She is known for her “rich blends and vibrant bursts of color” (Sean Simon of ArtSpeak Magazine).
Judith Anton is a pioneer in the use of dye pigment as “paint” in stretched and framed works. While dye has long been used in contemporary hangings and fiber art works, dye-painting has only recently become popular in framed works. (X)