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Registration Number: H42697.2

Name or Title: Bikini Bottom

Classification: CH classification COSTUME Beachwear woman

Brief Description: Woman's bikini bottom, bias cut, reversible, navy cotton flock voile, spotted and striped in white; lined with navy polished poplin, size 12. Features elasticised waistline and legs.

Collection: Clothing and Textiles

Production Place: Queensland/Australia

Production Date: 1963-1968

Materials: Cotton (Textiles) Indeterminate (Synthetic Materials)

Measurement : Centre Front 280 mm
Centre Back 285 mm

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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