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Women's Cole of California swimsuit

Date: 1960s
Overall: 650 mm, 0.15 kg
Clothing size: 32
Medium: Bri-nylon, cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from ADA Productions
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00008330

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    Made by Cole of California in the 1960s, this brightly coloured one piece swimsuit features a modesty skirt, a scooped back with a central zipper and adjustable shoulder straps fastened with plastic buttons. Using an inbuilt 'Unquestionable' bra with both over and underwire, the fully lined nylon swimsuit provides support and shape for the wearer.
    SignificanceThe swimsuit is representative of the panelled swimsuit styles prominent during the early 1960s. 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.

    Watersun is Australia’s oldest privately-owned swimwear and beachwear brand, established in 1961. It has continued to thrive on its key belief that swimsuits should be engineered to comply with the specific characteristics of its fabric.

    Its most recent line (2009) by designer Rebecca Graham focuses on glamorous silhouettes and dynamic separates. The swimsuit range incorporates crochet trims and a tropical colour palette in patterns that are both solid and floral.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Women's Cole of California swimsuit

    Primary title: one piece green yellow and pink coloured floral nylon white nylon bra cups pink stretch cotton lining on inside straps brown nylon lining downinside paneland gusset three front panels finishing under breast modesty panel skirt

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