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Women's blue Kittiwake swimsuit

Date: 1960s
Dimensions:
Overall: 720 x 395 x 10 mm, 0.3 kg
Clothing size: 38
Medium: elastane (spandex or Lycra), plastic, metal zip
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00028081
Place Manufactured:England

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    Description
    This dark blue faille weave spandex swimsuit has a panelled bodice, a scooped back and a bust decorated with a white trim and a bow embellishment. Made in England by Kittiwake, the fully lined swimsuit has straps that fasten at the shoulder with plastic buttons, a zippered back and a half skirt with elasticised legs.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is representative of 1960s British beachwear fashions and textile technologies.

    HistoryIn the 1950s and early 1960s swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped with panelling and built-in supports to create a curvaceous, ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasised the bust, waistline and hips.

    As the 1960s progressed swimsuits became less structured. Designs focused more on comfort, influenced by the new synthetic fabrics such as nylon and spandex, which were lightweight, quick drying and far less restrictive.

    Spandex, also know as elastane, is a synthetic fibre first invented in 1959 by DuPont chemist Joseph Shivers. Used by swimsuit manufacturers for its exceptional elasticity and durability, it's most common brand name is Lycra.


    Additional Titles

    Primary title: WOMENS BLUE SPANDEX MAILLOT WITH WHITE BOW ON BUST

    Web title: Women's blue Kittiwake swimsuit

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