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Canadian style swimsuit

Date: 1900s - 1910s
Dimensions:
700mm x 380 mm, 0.080kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: V00039511

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    Description
    This Canadian style two piece swimsuit is made from navy blue cotton stockinette and is trimmed in white. The top fastens with two buttons at the shoulder, and falls low over the knee length trunks for modesty.
    SignificanceThe swimsuit is a rare, representative example of the Canadian style swimsuit worn by men and women during the Edwardian period.
    HistoryThe Canadian style two piece swimsuit, worn by men, women and children, simplified the 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.

    The swimsuits were made from stockingette, which was a machine-knitted cotton that offered a light-weight alternative to wool serge.

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