Wool bathing suit with contrast stitching

This is a style of swimwear that reveals the transition of men's bathing costumes from the neck to knee style, worn by both men and women, to men's topless trunks. With most of the back scooped away back, enlarged armholes and thin sholder straps, this style of togs was associated with lifesavers for many decades in the 20th century.


Credit: Image courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, GH017435
Copyright: This image has CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Designer: Unknown
Manufacturing location: Dunedin
Garment type: Men's bathing suit
Material: Wool
Colour: Black
Label: Roslyn Woollen Mills
Date: Circa 1940