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Bathing costume

Bathing costume

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Slix (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nylon (probably) and elastic

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Iris A. Cash

  • Museum number:

    T.92:1 to 2-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The owner purchased this two-piece bathing costume in 1947. The pale polka dot print is typical of the muted colour palette available in post-war Britain since dye shortages and clothing restrictions were not fully lifted until 1950. Though synthetic fabrics would eventually become widely used for underwear and swimwear, this early example incorporates thin elastic and large amounts of ruching to achieve fit and support. It's thin, single-layer construction allows the wearer greater comfort in both wet and dry conditions.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1947 (made)


Slix (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Nylon (probably) and elastic

Descriptive line

F, two-piece bathing costume, pink dotted cotton with elastic ruching, Slix, England, 1947


Elastic; Nylon

Subjects depicted



Fashion; Textiles; Informal wear

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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