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Men's 1972 Swedish Olympic team-inspired swimming trunks

Date: 1972
Overall: 255 x 325 mm, 0.03 kg
Clothing size: 34
Medium: Bri-nylon, cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00019001
Place Manufactured:Great Britain

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    These men's swimming trunks, featuring the 1972 Swedish Olympic swimming team uniform design, were produced in Britain under license from Speedo. The nylon fabric uses the Swedish national colours of yellow and blue and an abstracted pattern of Swedish motifs. Speedo first released commercial ranges of the designs they produced for various national Olympic teams in the 1960s.
    SignificanceProduced as a stock item, these swimming trunks demonstrate the influence of Olympic team designs on Speedo's commercial swimwear ranges in the 1970s.
    HistoryIn 1955 Speedo introduced nylon into its competitive swimwear range. The 1956 Olympics in Melbourne saw the widespread use of the new fabric, as well as changes in men's swimwear design.

    The development of Speedo's 'brief' swimming trunk design followed the competition guidelines dictated by FINA. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) allowed men to swim skirtless for the first time. This revolutionary step spelt the end of swimming trunks with 20cm side seams. However, lowering the waist and raising the leg line was a slow process. At the 1972 Munich Olympics FINA allowed men to swim in trunks with 5cm side seams.

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    Web title: Men's 1972 Swedish Olympic team-inspired swimming trunks

    Primary title: Mens swimming costume from 1972 Swedish Olympic team. Bri Nylon (license Speedo Australia)

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