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Women's Ada of California striped print swimsuit

Date: 1960s
Dimensions:
Overall: 350 x 650 mm
Medium: Bri-nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00003303
Place Manufactured:California

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    Description
    This black and white striped one piece swimsuit highlights the shift from the highly structured swimwear of the 1950s to the more comfortable and simplistic designs of the 1960s. New fabrics such as Bri-nylon offered support and shape without the corset-like structuring of earlier swimsuits. Form was created with an in-built wired bra and elasticised edging on the legs and back.

    This swimsuit has a slightly gathered neckline with black piping and bow detailing, and features a low scooped back, adjustable buttoned shoulder straps and a quarter skirt for modesty.
    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 during the mid 20th century.
    HistoryIn the 1950s and early 1960s swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped and textured with shirring, smocking and contrasting panels. This created a curvaceous and ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasised the bust, waistline and hips.

    As the 1960s progressed swimsuits became less structured and designs became more focused on comfort. This change was influenced by the new synthetics that were more malleable and forgiving. With the shift away from natural fibres, such as wool and cotton, to synthetics in the 1950s, nylon became the first in a series of synthetic fabrics used by swimwear manufacturers. It was quick drying and stretched to hug the figure, providing a more self supporting garment than the heavier woollen suits of previous decades.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Women's Ada of California striped print swimsuit

    Primary title: WOMEN'S WHITE WITH BLUE VERTICAL STRIPES WITH BLUE BUTTON DOWN SHOULDER STRAPS AND HALF SKIRT

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