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Men's black woollen Morley swimming trunks

Date: 1930s
Dimensions:
Overall: 410 x 385 x 40 mm, 0.2 kg
Clothing size: 38
Medium: Wool, cloth
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00028084

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    Description
    These swimming trunks follow the late 1930s fashion for men's swimwear that was topless and high waisted. Made in Australia by Morley, the waffle-weave knitted wool design features a half skirt and leg line on the upper thigh for modesty. The black swimsuit also has six belt loops around the waist and would have originally had a belt. The Morley trade logo, a woman in a red maillot holding a beach ball, has been machine sewn onto the bottom of the trunks.

    SignificanceThe trunks are a rare, representative example of beachwear trends from this period.
    HistoryMen's swimwear followed men's fashions in the late 1930s. Form-fitting trunks with strategically placed seams and panels followed the trend for swimwear that was functional, sleek and streamlined. Belts and buckles were also often included in the design, primarily as a way of differentiating men's and boy's swimwear from undergarments.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Men's black woollen trunks with morely trademark on modesty panel

    Web title: Men's black woollen Morley swimming trunks

    Related People
    Maker: Morley

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