Men's Jantzen trunks with detachable top


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

In 1932 Jantzen introduced the 'Topper', a detachable style men's swimsuit that allowed the wearer the freedom to go bare-chested. The Racerback top of this swimsuit is fastened to the high waisted trunks with a horizontal zipper, and features a white webbing belt and chrome buckle. Produced by Jantzen in response to the ever increasing popularity of sunbathing, this innovative design allowed men to stop rolling down the tops of their one piece swimsuits to achieve an all-over tan.


  • Title: Men's Jantzen trunks with detachable top
  • Creator: Jantzen
  • Date: 1930s
  • Location: England
  • Type: Swimsuit
  • Significance: This swimsuit is representative of changes in men's beach and pool wear designs during the 1930s, and is a rare example of an English style incorporating a detachable top.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Wool, metal, cotton
  • Dimensions: 840 x 465 x 30 mm, 0.4 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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