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Registration Number: H42697.1

Name or Title: Bikini Top

Classification: CH classification COSTUME Beachwear woman

Brief Description: Woman's bikini top in navy cotton flock voile, spotted and striped in white; lined with navy polished poplin, reversible, size 12. Features side gathered cups, rouleau centre front and shoulder ties, partly elasticised back, and centre back hook fastening.

Collection: Clothing and Textiles

Production Place: Queensland/Australia

Production Date: 1963-1968

Materials: Cotton (Textiles) Indeterminate (Synthetic Materials) Indeterminate (Metals - Ferrous)

Measurement : Cup Length: 213 mm
Cup Width: 197 mm

Signature/Marks: Paula Stafford \ SURFERS \ PARADISE AUSTRALIA \ 12

History and Use: This 1960s bikini was designed by Paula Stafford who was a leading Australian swimsuit designer from the 1950s through to the 1980s. It is made of navy and white cotton and is reversible – a design feature for which Stafford bikinis were well known. Born in Victoria, Stafford moved to Queensland in the 1940s, living first in Toowoomba and later in Surfers Paradise. As the Gold Coast became an increasingly popular tourist destination, Stafford’s hobby of making bikinis for friends became a full time business. By the mid-50s, Stafford had a Cavill Avenue swimwear boutique and organised Australia’s first bikini parade to help promote the Gold Coast. Her designs were soon in demand throughout Australia and overseas.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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