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Women's beach pyjama set bolero jacket

Date: 1930s
Overall: 500 x 400 mm, 0.1 kg
Medium: Silk
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Jacket
Object No: 00018343

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    This 1930s silk beach pyjama set features Art Deco and Japanese inspired motifs, representative of colours and patterns fashionable at the time. The bolero jacket, which flares out at the sleeves, and the wide leg pants, are both lined in cream silk.

    SignificanceThe set is a rare example of high 1930s beach fashions, and reflects both Australian and international developments in daywear and beachwear.
    HistoryBeach pyjamas were first introduced by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel in the 1920s, and were inspired by the nautical colours used by the navy and the wide-leg cut of sailor pants. By the end of the decade the fashion for beach accessories such as silk kimonos, beach pajamas and beach coats had been established, and it was an elegant trend that continued into the 1930s. This accessorising highlights the transition of swimwear from covering the body to exposing it. While swimsuits were getting smaller, there was still a need to coverup in the public sphere, and fashionable robes and pyjamas fulfilled that role.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Women's beach pyjama set bolero jacket

    Web title: Women's beach pyjama set

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