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Women's orange Bimba swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Dimensions:
Overall: 700 x 390 mm, 0.25 kg
Medium: Cotton, poplin
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00003526

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    Description
    Made by Bimba, this cotton poplin one piece swimsuit features a half skirt gathered at an elasticised hem, loosely ruched side panels, a shirred back and piped seams. Its flattering sweetheart neckline with cross back straps and vertical panelling were designed to create an hourglass silhouette.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is representative of the structured fashion styles prominent in the 1950s and early 1960s. It is also an important example of the changing use of textile technologies during the mid twentieth century.
    HistoryIn the 1950s the swimsuit became a garment for opulent display. Exaggerated angles and curves were created with panelling and built-in supports producing a curvaceous, ultra-feminine silhouette that emphasised the bust, waistline and hips.

    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

    Web title: Women's orange Bimba swimsuit

    Primary title: WOMENS SWIMMING COSTUME, ONE PIECE IN ORANGE WITH SHIRRED BACK HALF SKIRT, FULLY LINED FRONT. SHOULDER STRAPS PROBABLY BUTTON AT THE BACK.

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    Maker: Bimba

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