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Women's black and white swimsuit

Date: c 1970
Overall: 630 mm, 0.2 kg
Clothing size: 32
Medium: Nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from ADA Productions
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00008327

User Terms

    This black and white nylon one piece swimsuit features a decorative positive and negative leaf design below the bust. The 1960s design uses shaping seams at the front of the suit, and inbuilt bra cups attached to the main garment with elastic and ribbon to create support and shape.

    SignificanceThe swimsuit is representative of Australian women's beachwear fashions produced in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s. It is also an important example of the development and use of textile technologies for manufacturing swimwear during the twentieth century.
    HistoryIn the 1950s and early 1960s swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped with panelling and in-built supports to create a curvaceous, ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasized the bust, waistline and hips.

    In the late 1960s swimsuits gradually became less structured. Designs became more focused on comfort, and new synthetics such as nylon became the preferred material for manufacturers as it was quick drying, and stretched to hug the figure.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Women's black and white swimsuit

    Primary title: One piece black and white white nylon bra cups top half white bottom half black. black section ends in wave shapes under breast, label reads size 32. No brand label

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