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Women's 'Pearl' Liberty swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Dimensions:
Overall: 815 x 360 mm, 0.25 kg
Clothing size: 42
Medium: Cotton, rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00002929

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    Description
    Made by Liberty, this cotton 'Pearl' swimsuit features a shirred back, elasticised legs and a half skirt. A feminine shape is created with a cuffed butterfly neckline and a padded bust. Lined with cotton stockinette the swimsuit has adjustable shoulder straps.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is representative of Australian beachwear fashions and textile technologies in the 1950s.
    HistoryFrom the late 1940s cotton swimsuits and sunsuits were often shaped and textured with shirring, smocking and contrasting panels to create a curvaceous and ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasised the bust, waistline and hips.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Women's 'Pearl' Liberty swimsuit

    Primary title: WOMENS SWIMSUIT, ONE PIECE MAROON WITH BLACK, GREY AND WHITE SHELL DESIGN

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    Maker: Liberty

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