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Man's black nylon swimming trunks

Date: c 1960
Overall: 375 x 475 x 15 mm, 0.2 kg
Clothing size: 40
Medium: Nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00028090
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Made in Australia by Speedo, this pair of Bri-nylon swimming trunks feature a high drawstring waist, a leg line on the upper thigh and a half skirt for modesty.
    SignificanceThe swimming trunks are representative of men's beachwear fashions during the 1950s and 1960s. They are also an important example of the development and use of new textiles during the mid 20th century.
    HistoryBy the end of the 1930s the fashion for men's swimwear was topless, high waisted, knitted wool or jersey swimming trunks with a half skirt for modesty, a leg line on the upper thigh and a belt for support.

    Legislation prevented men from wearing swimming trunks without a top on public beaches until the late 1930s. This sparked the development of convertible styles that permitted the top to be removed. Belts and buckles were also often included in the design, primarily as a way of differentiating men's swimwear from undergarments. By the 1950s and 1960s men's swimsuits mirrored women's trends in fabric and detailing.

    While the actual style of trunks changed little between the 1930s and 1960s, there was a shift from natural fibres, such as wool and cotton, to synthetics. Nylon, developed during World War II by DuPont, USA, was the first in a series of synthetic fabrics used by swimwear manufacturers. It was quick drying and stretched to hug the figure, providing a more self supporting garment than the heavier woollen trunks of previous decades.
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