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Women's Martin-White shirred nylon swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Overall: 575 mm, 0.15 kg
Medium: Nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from D Smyth
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00008794
Place Manufactured:England

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    This Martin-White 'telescopic' swimsuit was made in England in the 1950s. Shirred at both the front and the back it has two long straps that tie at the back to form a halter neckline. Made from Ciril Lord Nylon, this empire line style is a one-size-fits-all.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is a rare example of a fully shirred design made in England in the 1950s, and was purchased on board a P&O cruise ship.
    HistoryFrom the late 1940s swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped and textured with shirring, smocking and contrasting panels. This created a curvaceous and ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasised the bust, waistline and hips.

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

    Primary title: Women's ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

    Web title: Women's Martin-White shirred nylon swimsuit

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