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Women's 1976 United States of America Olympic swimsuit

Date: 1976
Dimensions:
Overall: 600 x 340 mm, 0.06 kg
Clothing size: 12
Medium: Nylon, elastane (spandex or Lycra), cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00019031
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This swimsuit was developed as United States Olympic team merchandise in 1976, and was produced in Australia by Speedo. The fabric pattern features the stars and stripes of the American flag, in the country's national colours of red, white and blue. The garment is skirtless, has a white gauze gusset and blue cotton seams.
    SignificanceProduced as a stock item, this swimsuit demonstrates the influence of Olympic team designs on Speedo's commercial swimwear ranges.
    HistoryIn 1955 Speedo introduced nylon into its competitive swimwear designs, and the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne saw the widespread use of the new fabric.

    From 1957 the half skirt was replaced with the quarter skirt, and the introduction of the panel at the front gave more shape to the body and a better fit. By 1972 the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) allowed women to swim skirtless.

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