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Women's 1964 Australian Olympic team-inspired swimsuit

Speedo International Ltd1964

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

This one piece women's swimsuit, featuring the 1964 Australian Olympic swimming team uniform design, was designed by Gloria Smythe and produced in Australia under license from Speedo. The green and yellow nylon swimsuit features a quarter skirt, wide shoulder straps, a contour back and a high scooped neck. Made from six separate pieces of fabric with a fine yellow gauze gusset, the swimsuit was a complicated construction. A cloth badge on the chest is embroidered with 'Australia Tokyo 1964' and a kangaroo. Speedo first released commercial ranges of the designs they produced for various national Olympic teams in the 1960s.

Australian swimmers used the green and gold vertical 'block stripe' fabric for their swimsuits for the first time in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Previously competitors in international competitions had worn swimsuits in solid colours.

Details

  • Title: Women's 1964 Australian Olympic team-inspired swimsuit
  • Creator: Speedo International Ltd
  • Date: 1964
  • Type: Swimsuit
  • Significance: Produced as a stock retail item, this swimsuit shows the influence of Olympic team designs on Speedo's commercial swimwear ranges in the 1960s.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Bri-nylon, polyester
  • Dimensions: 720 x 370 mm, 0.07 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Speedo International Ltd

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