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Women's brown Eastern Textiles 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: 00016875
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This brown one piece swimsuit has a panelled princess-line bodice, a scooped neckline, a low scooped back, and a half skirt for modesty. Designed by Joan Amy for Eastern Textiles, the swimsuit offered support and shape with an asymmetrical panel design and nylon mesh bra cups. The right bodice seam is accentuated with decorative white piping.

    SignificanceThis Australian made swimsuit is representative of swimwear fashions designed by Joan Amy 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: TAN ONE PIECE DRAPED PRINCESS STYLE SWIMSUIT, DESIGNED BY JOAN AMY FOR EASTERN TEXTILES

    Web title: Women's brown Eastern Textiles swimsuit

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    Designer: Joan Amy

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