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Last week, Jennifer Aniston appeared on the latest cover of the American edition of Curls magazine. In the picture, the 53-year-old actress appears dressed only in black pies. This piece of clothing that has been the talk of the town for the past few days has been dubbed “Nipplekini”. And it causes a stir. Interestingly, the design isn’t a new fashion statement, but rather a vintage piece from a 1996 Chanel collection.

This tiny, nipple-covering bikini was popular more than 25 years ago, when models like Eva Herzigova and Carla Bruni wore it on the runway. Amidst the logo madness, Chanel triumphed with the simple design, adorned with the French house’s signature monogram, which consists of two interlocking “cs.” After the appearance of Jennifer Aniston, the price of this vintage garment is likely to skyrocket on second-hand luxury fashion platforms. The tiny bikini, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, has already fetched $18,000 on ShopperBoard.

Carla Bruni at the 1996 Chanel fashion show.Pool ARNAL/PAT (Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

In the 1990s, fashion began to think about new, creative designs for women’s breasts. Alongside Channel, designers like Jean Paul Gaultier also toyed with designs that strategically cover women’s nipples, like the star-shaped nipple covers Eva Herzigova wore to a 1992 Gaultier fashion show.

Eva Herzigova at a Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear show in Paris in 1992-1993.
Eva Herzigova at a Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear show in Paris in 1992-1993.Pool ARNAL/GARCIA (Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Eva Herzigova at the Chanel Spring-Summer 1996 show in Paris in 1995.
Eva Herzigova at the Chanel Spring-Summer 1996 show in Paris in 1995.Image Press (Getty Images)

More than 30 years later, in 2022, it’s fashion still obsessed with female breasts. Elsa Schiaparelli’s designs, for example, have caught on both on and off the catwalk.

Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni surprised her followers by wearing a sheer black Schiaparelli top with imposing golden pasties. Bella Hadid also left audiences speechless as she walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in a nipple-covering breastplate in the shape of a large golden coral, also by Schiaparelli. No matter how much time passes, nipple covers retain their meaningfulness.

Influencer Chiara Ferragni wears a sheer black top and gold nipple covers by Schiaparelli
Influencer Chiara Ferragni wears a sheer black top and gold nipple covers by Schiaparelli
Bella Hadid wearing a Schiaparelli nipple chain at the Cannes Film Festival.
Bella Hadid wearing a Schiaparelli nipple chain at the Cannes Film Festival.Samir Hussein (WireImage)
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