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Material relating to mannequin (model) applications

Date: 1930s
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dale O'Sullivan
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0449

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [068] consists of material relating to mannequin (model) applications collected by swimwear designer Peter O'Sullivan.

    It includes a business card of the Mannequin's Academy, 50 letters from women applying for an advertised position of mannequin, a newspaper clipping of Portlands Beach Girl Miss Beryl Caelli, six notes on mannequin applicants, and nine references for Joyce Findley, Isobel Martin, Christina Porter, Irene Daws, S Barton, and Margaret Raw.
    SignificanceThis is a rare archival collection with excellent display potential relating to Melbourne based swimwear designer Peter O'Sullivan. The collection documents all aspects of knitted swimwear production from the development of designs, to the choice of models, manufacture and distribution of swimwear. The collection illustrates the European and American influences on O'Sullivan's designs, as well as his innovations of the modesty-skirt and 'Superman' buckle.
    HistoryPeter O'Sullivan became the first Australian to successfully design and manufacturer swimwear for export to the United States by creating two innovations. He won the world patent for the square belt buckle, known as the 'Superman' buckle, after it was incorporated into Superman's costume and he developed the small skirt across the front of both men's and women's swimsuits known as the 'modesty panel'.

    O'Sullivan's 'modesty panel' became a feature of Australian and international swimwear fashions right up until the 1970s. His Black Lance swimwear range in the 1930s featured low cut backs, fashionable colours and decorative flourishes.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: MATERIAL RELATED TO JOB APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING APPLICANTS LETTERS, REFERENCES, NOTES AND BUSINESS CARD, COLLECTED BY PETER O'SULLIVAN

    Web title: Material relating to mannequin (model) applications

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