Marilyn Brings ‘Bikini Art’ to Germany

Marilyn will be one of many bathing beauties showcased at the Bikini Art Museum, opening in Bad-Rappeneau, Germany tomorrow, July 5 (on International Bikini Day), Forbes reports. (The one-piece bathing suit worn by Marilyn in this 1951 pin-up was designed by the Catalina brand.

“The Bikini Art Museum is the first world museum devoted to bathing culture, set in a 19th century spa town. Over 400 bikinis will be on view, from 1870 to the present day, including bikinis that were once worn by Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Green, Esther Williams and Joan Collins. Among the designers in the collection, there are pieces by Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Pucci, as well as Jantzen, Triumph and Catalina. The museum will also show the 12 original swimsuits of French designer Louis Réard, the inventor of the bikini, shown in 1946 at the Piscine Molitor in Paris.

It’s what the Ghislaine Rayer, the museum’s curator, says, is a walk through swimwear. ‘It is not only a collection of bikinis, but of bathing suits that tell the history and evolution of the swimsuits,’ says Rayer … The 400 bathing pieces on view have been curated from Rayer’s collection of 1,200 bathing suits … One section will be devoted to Bunny Yeager, the self-proclaimed queen of pin-up models, having been a pin-up model from the 1950s and 1960s. Yeager excelled behind the camera, too, as she was a photographer who shot Bettie Page … The museum was co-founded by Alexander Ruscheinsky, a German businessman, alongside Rayer, who co-wrote a recent book on bikini culture, Bikini, la Légende.”