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Women's blue cotton swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Dimensions:
Overall: 740 x 370 x 10 mm, 0.2 kg
Medium: Cotton, silk, plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00028080

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    Description
    This blue cotton swimsuit has a flattering empire neckline, a structured bust and adjustable cross over shoulder straps that fasten at the back with blue plastic buttons. Decorated with white machine embroidered flowers with satin petals, the swimsuit is fully lined with a shirred back and a half skirt with elasticised legs.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is representative of the structured beachwear fashions popular in Australia during the 1940s and 1950s.
    HistoryFrom the late 1940s cotton swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped and textured with shirring, smocking and contrasting panels in order to create a curvaceous and ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasised the bust, waistline and hips.

    In the 1950s the swimsuit became a fully fledged garment for opulent display, with women's magazines encouraging their fashion conscious readers to buy new swimsuits every season.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: WOMENS BLUE COTTON MAILLOT WITH WHITE EMBROIDERED FLOWERS

    Web title: Women's blue cotton swimsuit

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