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Shirt - Gloweave, Body Shirt, Brown with Multicoloured Geometric Pattern, 1960s Object Reg. No: SH 980702

Alternative Name(s): Gloweave 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company was established in 1944 under the name Comfort Shirt and Underclothing Manufacturing Company and originally made military shirts and undergarmets.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.
Multi-coloured shirt with geometric pattern. The shirt has long sleeves and a long, pointed collar. The buttons are brown and there is a pocket on the left side of the chest. The shirt is currently folded and packaged in a transparent plastic bag which has black and green inscriptions on it. This packaging is subject to change.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Gloweave Consolidated Pty.Ltd., 1998
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4.00 cm (Height), 36.00 cm (Width), 21.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: These dimensions are taken when shirt is folded and thus may be subject to change if the shirt is unfolded.

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Tagged with: clothing, manufacturing, men s clothing, clothing trade, shirts, family businesses
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: On tag inside collar: L 16-16 1/2/Glo-Weave/BODY SHIRT/ AUSTRALIAN/EXPORT QUALITY/POLYESTER COTTON On front of bag: GLOWEAVE/BODY SHIRT/A FINELY KNITTED BLEND/OF POLYESTER/ COTTON On back of bag: GLOWEAVE/BODY SHIRT/WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: [Further inscriptions detail these instructions]
Manufacturer: Gloweave Consolidated Pty.Ltd., Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 1960s

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