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Women's blue Kay Hilvert swimsuit

Date: 1960s
Dimensions:
Overall: 0.15 kg
Clothing size: 34
Medium: Helanca
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Joan Amy
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00016871
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This royal blue one piece swimsuit has a princess-line bodice, a square neckline with a low 'v'-back with a half skirt for modesty. Designed in the early 1960s by Joan Amy for Sydney-based manufacturer Kay Hilvert (operating 1955-1966), the swimsuit's new stretch-nylon fabric Helanca offered support and shape through woven nylon bra cups and panelling.
    SignificanceThis Australian made swimsuit is representative of swimwear fashions designed by Joan Amy for Kay Hilvert during the 1960s.
    HistoryIn the 1950s and early 1960s swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped with panelling and built-in supports to create a curvaceous, ultra-feminine silhouette emphasising the bust, waistline and hips.

    As the 1960s progressed swimsuits became less structured and designs became more focused on comfort. New synthetic fabrics that were quick drying and stretched to hug the figure, provided a more self supporting garment than the heavier woollen suits of previous decades. One of these new fabric inventions was called Helanca.

    Helanca, first patented and produced in 1931, was the first 'stretch' fabric. Produced by spinning artificial silk fibres into a springy spiral and then weaving it back into knitted wool, the fabric was widely used by swimwear manufacturers around the world.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: ROYAL BLUE ONE PIECE PRINCESS STYLE SWIMSUIT, DESIGNED BY JOAN AMY FOR KAY HILVERT

    Web title: Women's blue Kay Hilvert swimsuit

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    Designer: Joan Amy

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