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Women's green Watersun two piece swimsuit

Date: 1962 - 1963
Overall: 680 mm, 0.1 kg
Clothing size: 10
Medium: Terylene
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from ADA Productions
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00008328
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    This two piece swimsuit has a tiered top with narrow shoulder straps buttoned at the back, and matching lined bikini briefs. The sunray pleated camisole-style top is open at the back and is fastened with two metal press studs.
    SignificanceThe swimsuit is representative of women's beachwear fashions produced in Australia in the 1960s. It is also an important example of the development and use of new synthetic textiles during the mid 20th century.
    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.

    As the 1960s progressed swimsuits became less structured. Designs became more focused on comfort, while necklines went up and straps became thicker. This change was influenced by the new synthetics that were stretchier and offered greater freedom to the wearer.

    From the 1950s there had been a shift away from natural fibres, such as wool and cotton, to synthetics. Terelyne was popular in the 1960s as it was quick drying and could be used in a number of different applications.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Women's green Watersun two piece swimsuit

    Primary title: Top part pf two piece set (BIKINI PANTS 00008329) green with white polka dots, contains two tiers of vertically pleated material Sslim over the shoulder straps attached to back by the two plastic green buttons

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