Black & white swimsuit with red bow

This swimsuit was made under licence by Berlei (NZ) Ltd and distributed by Avey Taylor Ltd.It is made from Bri-Nylon - a nylon fabric trademarked in 1958 by the British Nylon Spinners. This became the default option for swimwear in New Zealand for the next two decades. With its quick-drying properties, its durability and colour fastness, and variety of textures, patterns and rich colours, Bri-Nylon surpassed anything that had come before. It belonged to Janet Macindoe who bought a bach in Manly in 1959. Her daughter Anna remembers says they spent six weeks there every summer holidays. "As kids we would either be sailing (in P Class and later Lasers) or out with all the fathers on their runabouts. Races took place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during the school holidays. The mums would meet on the beach for the start of racing at 2pm, and would sit in their bathing suits, chatting on their straw mats and beach chairs till we all came back about 4.30. Then they would go and prepare dinner and/or get ready for yet another ‘drinks party’ at another family’s bach. The good sunfrocks came out and elegant flat sandals were worn. These drinks parties seemed to take place most nights. The food used to be chips and onion dip, cheese and pineapple on toothpicks, peanuts and homemade pate on Snax crackers." 


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Anna Macindoe
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Janet Dickinson
Maker: Berlei
Manufacturing location: New Zealand
Garment type: Swimsuit
Material: Bri-nylon
Features: Red bow under bust
Colour: Black, white & red
Label: Berlei
Date: 1960s