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Jantzen Diving Girl logo reproduced courtesy of Skye Group

Two piece wool knit swimming costume

Date: 1910s
Overall: 725 x 355 mm
Medium: Wool, cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Jantzen Diving Girl logo Skye Group
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00045208
Place Manufactured:Parramatta

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    This black and white knitted wool top formed part of a two piece swimsuit. The tubular design features short sleeves and a 'v' neck with a beige ribbed cotton trim. Small slits run vertically from the hem up the side seams, and are connected by wool tabs. Two diving girl logos have been sewn onto the front at each hip. The logo was used by Jantzen from 1948, suggesting that they were later additions.

    SignificanceThis reproduction two piece 1920s style men's bathing costume was previously owned by Jantzen Australia Pty Ltd and was then used by Chin Yu Williams and David Williams in musical theatrical productions. The Williams' were entertainers and producers on the Australian club circuit. After approaching Jantzen in 1970, the company gave them a series of reproduction costumes, which had most likely been used in fashion parades and window displays. The costumes were then worn by the Williams' in various musical productions around Australia in the 1970s.

    HistoryThis two piece swimsuit, worn by men, women and children, was a simplification of earlier styles of bathing dress, while still covering the body. Often sleeveless or with short sleeves, the design was innovative in revealing the wearer's ankles and shins.

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