Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Bathing suit

Bathing suit

  • Place of origin:

    London (retailed)

  • Date:

    1937-1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Finnigans Ltd. (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool jersey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Two-piece bathing suit made of yellow wool jersey comprising of a pair of shorts and brassiere top. Brassiere top with a crossed strap fastening.

Place of Origin

London (retailed)


1937-1939 (made)


Finnigans Ltd. (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool jersey


Circumference: 78 cm bust, Circumference: 63 cm waist, Circumference: 87 cm Hips

Object history note

RF 71/920
Group of beachwear (T.292 to 301-1971) bought at a Christies auction in April 1971. Although sold as belonging to an anonymous lady, these pieces were owned and worn by Vera, Lady Swettenham, who married Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham (1850-1946) in 1939 after his divorce from his first wife of 60 years.

The Swettenham property lists identify this piece as having originally been purchased from Finnigans Ltd at 17 New Bond Street, London, at a cost of £2.14.5

Descriptive line

Two-piece bathing suit of wool jersey, retailed by Finnigans Ltd., London, 1937-1939


Wool jersey


Fashion; Women's clothes; Sport; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.