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Relive the prudish, shocking, and only occasionally nuclear evolution of the bikini, decade by ever-less-conservative decade, via Elle magazine's handy timeline. The list begins in 1913 (nearly a hundred years ago!) when Carl Jantzen made the first ever two-piece for women competing in the Olympics. Boy, does time fly when you're pushing cultural limits. And also: Is it summer yet?