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Women's Her Modes Nymph swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Overall: 800 mm
Clothing size: 34
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00016481

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    This hot pink cotton swimsuit was made by Her Modes in the 1950s. Called a Nymph swimsuit the design includes a half skirt for modesty and removable halter neck straps. The suit's front panels and bust have ruched detailing, and the back is fully shirred. At the center of the empire line bust is a bow embellishment in pink cotton and the entire swimsuit has been overlaid with threaded silver tulle.

    SignificanceThis swimsuit reflects a flamboyant era in Australian beachwear fashions where designers experimented with new patterns, prints and textures. In the 1950s shirred stretch fabrics hugged the body and exaggerated the curves of the breasts and hips.
    HistoryIn the 1950s and early 1960s swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped with paneling and built-in supports in order to create a curvaceous, ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasised the bust, waistline and hips. Known as a 'constructed' swimsuit they were first developed by a Canadian designer, Rose Marie Reid, in the 1940s.

    Various swimwear designers drew on engineering and corsetry technology incorporating internal wiring, padding and elastic panels to achieve a sculptured cantilevered bust over a pinched-in 'wasp' waist. This voluptuous look was championed by film sirens Brigitte Bardot, Jayne Mansfield, Jane Russell, Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Woman's Her Modes 'Nymph' swimsuit

    Assigned title: Women's Her Modes Nymph swimsuit

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