In Pompeii , depictions of Venus wearing a bikini were discovered in the Casa della Venere,    in the tablinum of the House of Julia Felix ,  and in an atrium garden of Via Dell'Abbondanza. The bathing gown of the 18th century was a loose ankle-length full-sleeve chemise -type gown made of wool or flannel that retained coverage and modesty. Inspired by the introduction of females into Olympic swimming he designed a close-fitting costume with shorts for the bottom and short sleeves for the top. Rayon was used in the s in the manufacture of tight-fitting swimsuits,  but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic. With the development of new clothing materials, particularly latex and nylon , swimsuits gradually began hugging the body through the s, with shoulder straps that could be lowered for tanning.
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Origin[ edit ] In , the first Miss World contest, originally the Festival Bikini Contest ,   was organized by Eric Morley as a mid-century advertisement for swimwear at the Festival of Britain. In the s and s the contest was regularly picketed by feminist protesters, who distributed flyers against the indecency of the contest. Neither is it a charity show. It's a beauty contest in which these things have been added on as sops. The country's top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council, suggested that the event should be cancelled because it promotes "hedonism, materialism, and consumerism", and is nothing but "an excuse to show women's body parts that should remain covered. Critics accuse the Miss World organizers of caving to extremist pressures.