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Men's 1978 Canadian Commonwealth Games briefs

Date: 1978
Dimensions:
Overall: 285 x 320 mm, 0.04 kg
Clothing size: 85 cm
Medium: Nylon, cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00019017
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    These briefs feature a fabric pattern based on the 1978 Canadian Commonwealth Games swimming team uniform design, and were produced in Australia by Speedo. The print incorporates a white maple leaf motif above the text 'Edmonton 1978'. They have a white gauze gusset, black cotton seams and a white nylon cord draw string waist.
    SignificanceProduced as a stock item, these briefs demonstrate the influence of Olympic and Commonwealth Games 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 a change in men's swimwear design.

    At the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) allowed men to swim skirtless. At this time trunks were still to the waist with 20cm side seams. The development of Speedo's brief design followed the competition guidelines dictated by FINA. The process of lowering the waist and raising the leg line was a slow, though by 1972 FINA had allowed men to swim in suits with 5 cm side seams.
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