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Men's Morley swimming trunks

Date: 1950s-1960s
Dimensions:
Overall: 305 x 340 mm
Clothing size: 38
Medium: Nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00004834

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    Description
    This pair of navy blue men’s swimming trunks were quick drying and figure hugging, requiring a high drawstring waist and a half skirt for modesty. Made by Morley, the nylon swimsuit has the manufacturer's logo - a swimsuit clad woman catching a beach ball - sewn onto the lower left leg.

    SignificanceThese swimming trunks are representative of men's mid- twentieth century beachwear fashions in Australia.
    HistoryBy the end of the 1930s the fashion for men's swimwear was topless, high waisted, knitted wool or jersey swimming trunks with a half skirt for modesty, a leg line on the upper thigh and a belt for support.

    By the 1950s, men's swimsuits mirrored women's trends in both fabric and detailing. While the actual style of trunks changed little between the 1930s and 1950s, there was a shift from natural fibres, such as wool and cotton, to synthetics.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: MENS SWIMMING COSTUME, NAVY BLUE WITH DRAWSTRING WAIST AND MODESTY PANEL

    Web title: Men's Morley swimming trunks

    Related People
    Maker: Morley

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