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Men's 1968 Italian Olympic team-inspired swimming trunks

Date: 1968
Overall: 330 x 318 mm, 0.05 kg
Clothing size: 32
Medium: Bri-nylon, cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00019004
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    These men's swimming trunks, featuring the 1968 Italian Olympic swimming team uniform design, were produced in Australia under license from Speedo. The striped nylon fabric uses the Italian national colours of red, green and white and was marketed as part of the Speedo Jetstream Olympic Swimwear range. 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 1960s.
    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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