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Material from magazines and newspapers relating to swimwear design

Date: 1930-1938
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dale O'Sullivan
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0468

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [177] consists of material from magazines and newspapers relating to swimwear design collected by designer Peter O'Sullivan. It includes clippings, articles, pages and supplements from various Australian, American and European magazines and newspapers. They cover swim and leisure wear designs and styles, fashion trends and beauty.
    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 from magazines and newspapers relating to swimwear design

    Primary title: MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS RELATING TO IDEAS FOR THE DESIGN OF SWIMWEAR, COMPILED BY DESIGNER PETER O'SULLIVAN

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