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Women's floral print Sea Breeze swimsuit

Date: 1950s
Overall: 820 mm
Clothing size: 38
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00001767

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    Made by Sea Breeze, this floral print cotton swimsuit features a shirred back, loosely ruched sides, a half-skirt with blue bias trim and a cuffed sweetheart neckline. Lined with cotton stockinette, the swimsuit has removable shoulder straps that fasten at the front and back with plastic buttons.
    SignificanceThis swimsuit is representative of women's beachwear fashions and textile technologies 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

    Web title: Women's floral print Sea Breeze swimsuit

    Primary title: LADIES one piece SWIMSUIT

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