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Men's 1964 New Zealand Olympic team-inspired swimming trunks

Date: 1964
Overall: 310 x 325 mm, 0.04 kg
Medium: Bri-nylon, cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00019014
Place Manufactured:New Zealand

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    These men's swimming trunks, featuring the 1964 New Zealand Olympic water polo team uniform design, were produced by Canterbury in New Zealand under license from Speedo. The black and white (New Zealand national colours) nylon swimming trunks have a white nylon cord draw string waist, the red Speedo 'arrow' logo on the right hip and a cotton cloth badge with the New Zealand national emblem, a silver fern, sewn onto the left front panel. Speedo first released commercial ranges of the designs they produced for various national Olympic teams in the 1960s.
    SignificanceProduced as a stock item, this Australian-made swimsuit demonstrates the influence of Olympic team designs on Speedo's commercial swimwear ranges.
    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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