In April spring of 2008, in the garden, in a Brazilian made denim and lace bikini.
Text © JE Nilsson, CM Cordeiro-Nilsson 2008
April weather along the Swedish west coast is not always warm. This particular year however, the temperatures were just about alright for a brief visit with the sun in the garden.
Lightweight, stretchable and comfortable, most bikinis these days contain some form of Lycra (spandex or elastane). Since its inception by Dupont scientist Joseph Shivers in 1959, Lycra has an array of uses, from the orthopedic to the athletic realm. But Lycra per se, the above bikini is not.
The purchase of this bikini itself makes for an interesting story because for some reason, the 1960 song “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss, sung by Brian Hyland had just played in my parents’ car, in a ride that dropped me off at Novena Square when shopping in Singapore a few years ago.
I wondered if I could find one such itsy bitsy bikini, and voilà. It took me but just a quick walkabout in the shopping mall to find a shop that sold swimwear and this Brazilian made in 91% nylon and 9% spandex / elastane, landed in my hands. It was admittedly on the small side, but I found the lace on denim an intriguing combination of fabric.