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Women's leopard print Frederick's of Hollywood cut-away swimsuit

Date: 1980s
Overall: 560 x 230 mm, 100 g
Medium: 85% Nylon, 15% elastane (spandex or Lycra)
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00045202
Place Manufactured:United States

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    This leopard print swimsuit by the American company Frederick's of Hollywood follows the 1980s fashion trend for high cut legs, cut-away midriff and cross over bust. These uncompromising styles and wild fabrics left little to the imagination and were designed to be worn by fit and sculptured bodies.

    SignificanceThis swimsuit is significant in reflecting fashion trends and cross cultural influences between American and Australian swimwear in the 1980s.
    HistoryThe 1970s saw the introduction of the side-baring, high cut swimsuit with a dramatic crossover bust. Such swimsuits were designed for sculptured bodies honed to perfection by gym workouts and cosmetic surgery. This trend continued into the 1980s where the swimsuit became an artful frame for the perfectly shaped and toned body.

    Australian designers such as Robin Garland and Brian Rochford were influenced by the 1980s obsession with athleticism and sculptured bodies. They created garments inspired by active sportswear (such as t-backs and racer-backs) but also revealed the body. The influence of disco culture was also seen in the work of Australian and international designers by the use of Day-Glo tones, bold prints and synthetic fabrics.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Women's leopard print Fredrick's of Hollywood cut away crossover bust swimsuit

    Web title: Women's leopard print Frederick's of Hollywood cut-away swimsuit

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