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How to Begin Research
The Five Approaches
   The Five Approaches into Bikini Science mirror the Five Categories, and allow you to advance into Bikini Science via people, fashion, periods, countries, and an inquisitive mind.

The Star Search
   The Models includes stars, pinups, girlfriends and families. Other themes consolidated here include Auditions, Narratives, and Bikini Contests. There are a number of personalities who illustrate certain periods and fashion ideas of the era--sort of a more in-depth cross referenced by a single talent.

The Genus of Swimwear
   The Costumes Category presents five genus of swimwear, including the Bathing Dress, Unitards & -Tards, and the Maillot.
   The two halves of the bikini--the Soutien-gorge (or top), and the Culotte (or bottom)--are each treated as a genus in and of themselves. The bikini is a complex garment because it is a combination of elements--a top and a bottom. And with thirty different kinds of top and bottom there are a thousand variations of bikinis. Their official terms are Frenchified Latin but important for all bikini scientists to understand: A Soutien-gorge is a top and a Culotte is a bottom.
   Bikiniology, another of the Dubyas here, examines the lore of the bikini. Here are found topics such as Fasteners, Crochet, and Tan Lines, among a dozen others.

Aside: The Species of Swimwear
   Within each of the genus in Costumes lie individual species of swimwear. These lie on the Scene layer and usually link to many example Scenes with pictures. In Maillot, for example, the species include the maillot tank, the maillot strapless, the rolldown, cutout, sidering and so on. Within the Soutien-gorge the species include the bandeau, the bra, and the halter. All in all there are about thirty different top variations, including the topless, since it completes the set.
   Culotte species (variations in the bottoms) also number about thirty different as well, including shorts, panties, strings, adjustables, and even a fig leaf. (The fig leaf is another origin point of the bikini.)
   Thus a bikini is a union of a soutien-gorge and a culotte. Always we seek out what one might call Silhouettes--a particular top-bottom combination that seems to define an era--for example, the string bikini (a string halter and sidetie string) that is popularized during the 1970s and remains a stable today.

Use the Time Machine
   The Time Machine, one of the Catagories on the Main Menu, provides another vector of entry that is chronological in nature. The Time Machine includes the history of the swimsuit from prehistory through modern times. After 1900 the Time Machine advances by half-decades. Each of these Dubyas presents a chronology of events during the period and a report with links to scenes that illustrate the people and fashion of the times.

Visit the Beaches (Field Research)
   Click on a beach to go there. The aerial view is a click-feast of subjects from the real world. These Scenes are shot on the ground and are mostly candids.
   Like other scenes, these beach Scenes may also turn up in Meshes everywhere. You can tell by looking at a Scene if it is part of a beach because the text at the top left of the page that describes the location will be a live link.

Visit the Professor
   The Professor is a place to visit for orientation. Four Dubyas include a Welcome, the Exposures, Visualization Charts, and Credits.
   The general theory of Bikini Science is contained in the Welcome Section that contains an Introduction orientation, the Architecture and tips on navigating the environment, FAQs, and articles such as the one you are currently readying. (This page--the page you are reading, is the "How to Begin Research" Scene page in the "Welcome to Bikini Science" Dubya in the "Professor" Category.)
   The Exposures Dubya details the concepts of fashion lines and inventories exposures such as cleavage, bellage, leggage and a dozen more. The Visualization Models are a holding bin for charts and graphs scenes that do not fit well into the models or chronology scenes. Credits include a Bibliography, Acknowledgements, and related material.

   The paragraphs above suggest that Bikini Science is five-dimensional who-what-where-where-why space with individual scenes throughout that are buttoned down in their 5D location. For example, Brigitte Bardot wears a bandeau and nombril bikini on the beach at the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, 1953 (BB5310). From this witness point you can travel many directions: you can tag after the star. You can compare this event to what is going on in the early 1950s and how Bardot's scene compares with equivalents. You can track the costume. And you can visit the Riviera. As to the why, what makes it stirring, we try to identify some in The Professor. But ultimately you are the Bikini Scientist, so you yourself get to wonder.
How to Begin Research
Five ways, five approaches into Bikini Science.