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Women's Bradley swimsuit

Date: 1920s
Overall: 710 x 370 mm
Clothing size: 36
Medium: Wool
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00000970
Place Manufactured:United States

User Terms

    This machine knitted Bradley swimsuit includes a red collar and panels at the hips, decorative buttons and a brown cotton trim. Following design trends of the late 1920s, the garment features a full skirt, and originally also included a belt. The collar and side panels suggest the influence of popular military-inspired fashions on the swimsuit's design.

    SignificanceThe swimsuit is a rare example of an American style that exemplifies the growing demand in the late 1920s for fashionable swimwear.
    HistoryThe applied decoration on this swimsuit demonstrates the change in swimwear design from the functional garments of the early 1920s, to the more fashion oriented swimsuits that emerged later in the decade.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Black women's swimsuit with orange collar and trims size 36.

    Web title: Women's Bradley swimsuit

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