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Shirt - Gloweave, Body Shirt, White & Blue, 1960s Object Reg. No: SH 980223

Alternative Name(s): Glo-Weave Body Shirt
Men's shirt manufactured in the 1960s by Gloweave Consolidated P/L located in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

The Melbourne-based company was established in 1944 under the name Comfort Shirt and Underclothing Manufacturing Company and originally made military shirts and undergarmets. In 1950 Saul Same changed the organisation's focus by designing shirts that were more stylish and fashionable and the business soon became a well-respected menswear retailer. Four years later the company changed its name to Gloweave, the nylon fabric name of its most popular and best selling shirt. Gloweave is still in operation today and has expanded its range to include a wide variety of men's and women's clothing.

Manufactured during the 1960s the body shirt was styled as a tapered business/sports shirt, with a fused collar with longer rounded peaks, it remained popular for many years. It was made of a knitted fine jersey produced on special machines originally used for hosiery. The fabric was lubricated during the dyeing process to prevent needle damage while the garment was being sewn. The lubricant was used exclusively by Gloweave and gave them the edge in manufacturing shirts from this material.
Small(36-37cm) white body shirt with short sleeves, collar and pocket. The fabric has a faint paisley weave. The shirt is sown together with blue fabric and has blue plastic buttons. Inside the pocket are two inspection tags. There is black text printed inside the collar above the tag which is black with white and yellow woven text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Gloweave Consolidated Pty.Ltd., 1998
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 69.00 cm (Height), 4.00 cm (Width), 78.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: clothing, manufacturing, men s clothing, clothing trade, shirts, family businesses, benson shirts 1965
Themes this item is part of: Gloweave, Clothing Manufacturers, Fitzroy, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Male
Tertiary Classification: outerwear
Inscriptions: Printed text inside collar: 1811 1103 SM. Woven text on tag inside collar: GLOWEAVE/BODY SHIRT/MADE IN/AUSTRALIA/POLESTER COTTON.
Manufacturer: Gloweave Consolidated Pty.Ltd., Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 1960s

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