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Women's floral print Lillibet two piece swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Dimensions:
Overall: 62 x 345 mm, 0.15 kg
Clothing size: 34
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00003281
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    Made by Lillibet in Sydney in the 1950s this green floral print cotton two piece swimsuit features a butterfly-style top with an adjustable halter neck strap. The top is structured and shaped with metal stays and fastened at the back with a white plastic button. The briefs have wide bands of shirring at each side, an elasticised waist, and a cotton stockinette lining.


    SignificanceThis two piece swimsuit is a rare example of a design produced by the Sydney based company Lillibet in the 1950s.
    HistoryThe two piece swimsuit, made famous by starlets such as Ava Gardner, emerged during the war time years of the 1940s. Its modest design was less about a motivation to shock, than a fabric saving necessity. The two piece of this period usually covered the naval, unlike the more daring bikini that gained widespread popularity until the 1960s.


    Additional Titles

    Web title: Women's floral print Lillibet two piece swimsuit

    Primary title: WOMENS SWIMSUIT, TWO PIECE, GREEN AND WHITE FLORAL PATTERN

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