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Women's silver Watersun Marina Couture swimsuit

Date: 1960s
Dimensions:
Overall: 655 mm, 0.25 kg
Clothing size: 32
Medium: Nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from ADA Productions
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00008331

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    Description
    Made by Watersun for their Marina Couture line in the 1960s, this highly decorative silver lame swimsuit features delicate brocade embellishment, an inbuilt underwire bra, a zippered back and elasticised edging on the legs and back.

    SignificanceThis 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 textile technologies for manufacturing swimwear during the twentieth 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. Known as a 'constructed' swimsuit they were first developed by a Canadian designer, Rose Marie Reid, in the 1940s.

    Various swimwear designers drew on engineering and corsetry technology incorporating internal wiring, padding and elastic panels to achieve a sculptured cantilevered bust over a pinched-in 'wasp' waist. This voluptuous look was championed by film sirens Brigitte Bardot, Jayne Mansfield, Jane Russell, Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: one piecebone with brown grey and silver colour embroidering in raised random pattern. Bone nylon bra cups, modesty skirt silver border around and over straps scooped white zipper

    Web title: Women's silver Watersun Marina Couture swimsuit

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