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Men's Ash swimming trunks

Date: 1950s-1960s
Display dimensions: 410 x 510 mm
Clothing size: 38
Medium: Rayon, cotton, rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimming trunks
Object No: 00001922

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    These men's swimming trunks are made by Ash from a satin-finished silver rayon printed with starfish, shells and seaweed. The high waisted style features a drawstring waist and a leg line on the upper thigh.
    SignificanceThese swimming trunks reflect the bright, colourful style of Australian swimwear design in the 1950s and 1960s.
    HistoryBy the 1950s and 1960s men's swimsuits mirrored women's fashion trends in fabric and detailing. While the size and style of men's swimming trunks had changed very little between the 1930s and 1960s, there had been a shift away from natural fibres, such as wool and cotton, towards synthetics. Rayon, which was first produced in the 1880s, became a popular choice. Also known as art silk and viscose, Rayon was a popular choice for swimwear manufacturers as it draped well, was easy to dye, and highly absorbent.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Men's swimming shorts

    Web title: Men's Ash swimming trunks

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    Maker: Ash

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