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Not currently on display at the V&A


1993, 1994 (made)
Place of origin

Yellow synthetic shorts, with an inside blue fabric, made in the style of the 1950s/60s.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Synthetic fabric
Brief description
Shorts, synthetic fabric, yellow, Patagonia, United States, 1993
Physical description
Yellow synthetic shorts, with an inside blue fabric, made in the style of the 1950s/60s.
  • Waist circumference: 716mm
  • Leg opening circumference: 610mm
  • Max width of garment with leg openings laid flat width: 540mm
  • Waist to crotch length: 300mm
  • Side waist to hem length: 390mm
  • Max height of garment length: 440mm
Production typeReady to wear
Object history
Registered File number 1993/2179, Streetstyle exhibition 1994-1995, in the exhibition it was part of an outfit called 'Surfer USA 1950s' (includes the hawaiian shirt T.488-1993).

The trunks, made in quick-drying Supplex, are based on a 1950s cotton design, retaining the triple stitched seams for strenght and inner pocket for valuables. Surf shorts have become larger and were often worn by 1980s Skaters and B-Boys.
Bibliographic reference
Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads & Skaters : Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties Described in the exhibition publication, part of an outfit called 'Surfer USA 1950s'
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Record createdAugust 1, 2008
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