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Women's Speedo one piece competition swimsuit

Date: 1960s
Overall: 680 mm
Medium: Nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00009065
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    This blue nylon one piece swimsuit was made in Australia by Speedo. The company produced lightweight, streamlined swimsuits designed for competitive swimming after the success of Australia's Olympic swimmers in the 1950s and 1960s, and became synonymous with the nation's swimming success. This swimsuit has a scooped neck, a v-shaped back, elasticised legs and a quarter skirt decorated with the Speedo logo.
    SignificanceThis nylon swimsuit is representative of the competitive one piece swimsuit styles that became popular in Australia during the 1960s.
    HistoryIn the 1950s and early 1960s swimsuits 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, using new synthetic fabrics that were quick drying and lightweight.

    Nylon, developed during World War I by DuPont, USA, was the first in a series of synthetic fabrics used by swimwear manufacturers. It stretched to hug the figure, providing a more self supporting garment than the heavier woollen suits of previous decades.
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