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Women's Kay Hilvert swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Overall: 760 x 360 x 10 mm, 0.2 kg
Medium: Cotton, elastic, plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00028076

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    This tulip print cotton one piece swimsuit was designed by Joan Amy in the 1950s for Sydney-based manufacturer Kay Hilvert (operating 1955-1966). The design features a fixed wrap-around sarong-style skirt with a loosely ruched bodice and machine-shirred back. Fully lined at the front, the swimsuit's shoulder straps cross over and fasten at the back with white plastic buttons.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is a representative example of the cotton swimsuits shaped with rouching and shirring made for women and children in Australia in the 1950s.
    HistoryFrom the late 1940s cotton swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped and textured with shirring, smocking and contrasting panels. This created a curvaceous and ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasised the bust, waistline and hips.
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