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Bathing Costume - Myer, Blue Wool, circa 1935 Reg. No: HT 27760
- Alternative Name(S): Bathing Trunks, Bathers, Swimmers, Swimming Costume
Blue woollen male bathing costume with belt, size 32, labelled 'Myer Store for Men'. Found in a house belonging to the donor's uncle in South Melbourne.
The costume is an early example of swimwear from when men were able to legally swim topless in the 1930s. The fashion originated in France in the early 1930s, and slowly caught on in other countries, although was often controversial. In Australia this was less so, and by 1940 it was common attire at the beach (as illustrated in the iconic 1940 painting 'Australian Beach Pattern' by Charles Meere). Later on, synthetic fibres replaced wool in the manufacture of swimwear, as wool was very uncomfortable and became much heavier when wet.
- Dark blue, woollen bathing trunks with two white stripes on each hip. Front skirted flap. White woollen belt with silver-coloured metal buckle. Black label with yellow stitched text attached to rear. Red stitched number on white background attached near label.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Lynette Heaviside, 2002
|Dimensions:||350 mm (Height), 345 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||fashion, recreation, leisure activities, swimming|
|Themes this item is part of:||Clothing & Textiles Collection, Leisure Collection|
|Inscriptions:||Label: " MYER STORE FOR MEN / MELBOURNE & ADELAIDE ", " 32 "|
|Organisation Named:||Myer Store for Men, Australia, circa 1935|