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Men's Casben cabana set

Date: c 1960
Overall: 380 x 500 x 30 mm, 0.15 kg
Medium: Cotton, elastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Shorts
Object No: 00028056

User Terms

    The cabana set, consisting of matching boxer shorts and collared button-up shirts, was hugely popular in the 1950s. Following the fashion for bold fabric prints, this set features an overall pattern of stylised Australian and Pacific Island Indigenous motifs. Designed by Casben, the shorts are lined and have a shirred elasticised waist with a drawstring, and a false pocket on the right side.

    SignificanceThis cabana set is representative of men's beachwear fashions in Australia in the 1950s.
    HistoryBy the 1950s, men's swimwear mirrored women's trends in fabric and detailing. Swimsuits broke away from the single-colour conformity of the pre-war years, and flamboyantly coloured trunks and boxer shorts in quick-dry fabrics with matching shirts became popular for swimming as well as for casual attire.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Men's Casben cabana set boxer style shorts

    Web title: Men's Casben cabana set

    Related People
    Maker: Casben

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