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Canadian style swimsuit

Date: 1900s - 1910s
Dimensions:
700mm x 380 mm, 0.080kg
Medium: Stockingette
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00039511

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    Description
    This Canadian style two piece navy blue swimsuit is trimmed in white. The top is fastened with two buttons at the shoulder, and falls low over the knee length trunks for modesty. Worn by men, women and children in the early part of the twentieth century, the swimsuit was a simplification of earlier styles of bathing dress.


    SignificanceThe swimsuit is a rare, representative example of the Canadian style swimsuit worn by men, women and children during the early part of the twentieth century.
    HistoryThe Canadian style two piece swimsuit, worn by men, women and children in the early part of the twentieth century, was a simplification of earlier styles of bathing dress. The swimsuits were made from stockingette, a machine-knitted cotton that offered a light-weight alternative to wool serge. Often sleeveless or with very short sleeves, the innovative design also revealed the wearer's ankles and shins.


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