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Women's green swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Overall: 570 x 280 mm, 0.2 kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00003384

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    This 1950s cotton swimsuit features two ruched panels at the front and full shirring at the back. The halter neck is cuffed with a floral trim and bow embellishment and a delicate green frill. The swimsuit has a half skirt and is fully lined for modesty.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is a representative example of women's beachwear fashions produced in the 1950s.
    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

    (not entered): Women's green swimsuit

    Assigned title: Women's one piece green swimming costume with gathered panels and floral trim

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