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Women's Maglia swimsuit

Date: c 1968
Overall: 615 x 400 mm, 0.163 kg
Clothing size: 12
Medium: Bri-nylon, elastane (spandex or Lycra)
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jean Dunworth
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00003038

User Terms

    New fabrics such as Bri-nylon and Lycra offered support and shape without the corset-like panels of earlier swimsuits. Form was instead created through the inclusion of an inbuilt bra and elasticised edging on the legs and a low scooped back. Made by Maglia, this blue and white print swimsuit has a full skirt with side splits, and an inverted 'v' shaping seam at the front of the bodice.

    SignificanceThis swimsuit was worn by Jean Dunsworth on the cruise ships ORIANA in 1968 and ORONSAY in 1970, and is representative of beach and pool fashions of 1960s.
    HistoryIn the 1950s and early 1960s swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped with panelling and built-in supports in order to create a curvaceous, 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 new synthetic fabrics which allowed ongoing innovation in swimwear technology and design.

    Nylon, developed during World War I by DuPont, USA, was 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

    Primary title: WOMENS Swimsuit, one piece BLUE AND WHITE Swimsuit

    Web title: Women's Maglia swimsuit

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    Maker: Maglia

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