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Women's Miss Casual swimsuit

Date: 1955 - 1960
Overall: 610 x 360 mm
Clothing size: 34
Medium: Bri-nylon, elastane (spandex or Lycra)
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00001332

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    Made for the Miss Casual label by David Jones, this pink tartan swimsuit exemplifies the change from the structured garments of the early 1950s to the more comfortable and simplistic designs of the late 1950s and 1960s.

    The new Bri-nylon fabric offered support and shape without the corset-like panels of earlier swimsuits. Form was instead created though the incorporation of an inbuilt bra. Harking back to more modest trends of the 1940s, the design features a high 'v' neck and a half skirt. The neckline and shoulder straps are made from pink piping, and the garment has a low scooped back.

    SignificanceThe swimsuit is representative of women's beachwear fashions during the 1950s. It is also an important example of the development and use of textile technologies during the mid-20th century, such as nylon.
    HistoryIn the 1950s the swimsuit became a garment for opulent display, with exaggerated angles and curves, and flamboyant patterns and colours.

    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 contemporary film sirens Brigitte Bardot, Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe.

    Nylon, developed during World War II by DuPont, USA, was the first in a series of synthetic fabrics used by swimwear manufacturers. It was quick drying and stretched to hug the figure, providing a more self supporting garment than the heavier woolen swimsuits of previous decades.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: One piece ladies swimming costume, pink and white cross pattern

    Web title: Women's Miss Casual swimsuit

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