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Material relating to ladies summer leisure and swim wear

Date: 1930-1938
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dale O'Sullivan
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0467

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [039] consists of material relating to ladies fashion collected by designer Peter O'Sullivan. It includes magazine and newspaper clippings from Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, the Australian Women's Weekly, The Drapers' Organiser, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and The Herald. They include European and Australian summer leisure and swim wear, including sun-baking attire.
    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: Material relating to ladies summer leisure and swim wear

    Primary title: MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS REGARDING GENERAL LADIES' FASHION, COMPILED BY DESIGNER PETER O'SULLIVAN

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