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Child's woollen one-piece swimsuit

Date: c 1930
Overall: 310 x 430 mm, 0.1 kg
Display Dimensions: 325 x 260 mm
Medium: Wool
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from D Smyth
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00015837

User Terms

    This tiny woollen one-piece swimsuit was handmade for a young child. It features a high round neck and a buttondown front, short sleeves and legs and a decorative trimming in white.

    SignificanceThis child's swimsuit is a rare example of a child's beachwear outfit from the 1930s. Few examples of children's swimwear survive from this period as they were either handed down or worn out.
    HistoryAt the beginning of the 20th century mixed bathing became acceptable for children, and by the 1910s the two-piece unisex Canadian-style swimsuit was introduced. Previously, boys had worn bathing drawers and girls had tucked their tunics into bloomers.

    Through the 1920s and 1930s swimsuit designs began to follow children's daywear fashions. One-piece rompers and playsuits became popular, and were usually handmade at home. This followed a growing recognition of the importance of play in children's development and the freedom of movement it required.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: CHILD'S SWIMSUIT

    Web title: Child's woollen one-piece swimsuit

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