Speedo International Ltd. is a manufacturer and distributor of swimwear and swim-related accessories based in Nottingham, England. Founded in Sydney, Australia in 1914, the industry-leading company is now a subsidiary of the British Pentland Group. Wikipedia
A burqini (or burkini; Arabic: بوركيني, portmanteau of burqa and bikini) swimsuit is a type ofswimsuit for women. The design is intended to comply with the Quranic instruction for Muslim women to dress modestly. The suit covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, whilst being light enough to enable swimming. It looks rather like a full-length wetsuit with built-inhood, but somewhat looser and made of swimsuit material instead of neoprene.
In August 2009, a woman in France was prevented from swimming in a public pool wearing a burqini, amidst ongoing controversy about Islamic dress. The action was justified by reference to a law that forbids swimming in street clothes. In August 2016, the mayor of Cannes banned the swimsuits, citing a possible link to Islamic extremism.
A brief history of the bikini – and the garment's surprising Roman origins
On this day in 1946, the modern bikini was unveiled by a French engineer (seriously) named Louis Réard. Here we look back at the history of the essential summer holiday accessory...
Believe it or not, bikinis actually date back to Roman times, when the skimpier alternative to the toga - featuring a bandeau top - was thought practical for ladies playing ancient sports. However, along with central heating and chariot racing, the garment slipped from view for centuries.
On this day in 1946, the bikini swimsuit was introduced by French designer Louis Reard at a popular swimming pool in Paris. [“Bikini,” Wayne Theibaud, 1964, oil on canvas.]