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Child's 1990 Australian Commonwealth Games team inspired swimsuit

Date: 1990
Overall: 170 x 240 mm, 0.025 kg
Clothing size: 6
Medium: Nylon, cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00019020
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    These 'paper' racer briefs feature a printed fabric pattern based on the 1990 Australian Commonwealth Games swimming team uniform design, and were produced in Australia by Speedo. They have a black gauze gusset, black cotton seams and a black 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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