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Women's Catalina swimsuit

Date: 1960s
Overall: 690 x 390 mm, 0.2 kg
Clothing size: 12
Medium: Synthetic fabric
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00003381

User Terms

    This 1960s one piece Catalina swimsuit pays homage to the streamlined, webbing belted styles of the 1930s. Featuring an inbuilt bra with lace detailing and white trimming at the neckline, a scooped back and panelled shorts, the swimsuit is fully lined.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is representative of women's beachwear fashions produced by Catalina in the 1960s.
    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

    Assigned title: Women's one piece swimming costume with black pants with a white belt and black and white striped top

    Web title: Women's Catalina swimsuit

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