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Women's floral print Tempo swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Overall: 730 mm
Clothing size: 36
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00001766

User Terms

    This floral print swimsuit in faille cotton was made by Tempo Beach and Sportswear in the 1950s. Lined with cotton stockinette and heavily panelled, the swimsuit features a shirred back, half skirt and thick shoulder straps that fasten at the front with plastic buttons.

    SignificanceThis swimsuit is representative of women's beachwear fashions in Australia in the 1950s.
    HistoryIn the 1950s the swimsuit became a garment for opulent display. Exaggerated angles and curves were created with panelling and built in supports to create 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

    Primary title: LADIES one piece SWIMSUIT

    Web title: Women's floral print Tempo swimsuit

    Related People
    Maker: Tempo

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