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Periodicals relating to European designed clothing and swimwear

Date: 1936 -1938
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dale O'Sullivan
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0440

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [018] consists of periodicals relating to European designed clothing and swimwear collected by designer Peter O'Sullivan.

    It includes one 1936 magazine 'Beautify Your Figure', seven 'Wiener Modelle' periodicals from 1936-1938; three 1938 editions of 'Les Croquis', three 1938 editions of 'Croquis Artistiques Tricots', two editions of 'La Femme Chic', and two other publications.
    SignificanceThis is a rare archival collection with excellent display potential relating to Melbourne based swimwear designer Peter O'Sullivan. The collection documents all aspects of knitted swimwear production from the development of designs, to the choice of models, manufacture and distribution of swimwear. The collection illustrates the European and American influences on O'Sullivan's designs, as well as his innovations of the modesty-skirt and 'Superman' buckle.
    HistoryPeter O'Sullivan became the first Australian to successfully design and manufacturer swimwear for export to the United States by creating two innovations. He won the world patent for the square belt buckle, known as the 'Superman' buckle, after it was incorporated into Superman's costume and he developed the small skirt across the front of both men's and women's swimsuits known as the 'modesty panel'.

    O'Sullivan's 'modesty panel' became a feature of Australian and international swimwear fashions right up until the 1970s. His Black Lance swimwear range in the 1930s featured low cut backs, fashionable colours and decorative flourishes.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Periodicals relating to European designed clothing and swimwear

    Primary title: VARIETY OF PERIODICALS RELATING TO CLOTHING AND SWIMWEAR DESIGNS OVER THE PERIOD 1936 TO 1938 BY EUROPEAN DESIGNERS AND ONE MAGAZINE ABOUT EXERCISES

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