Bikini Top

Production date
1963-1968
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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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.
Classification
CH classification COSTUME Beachwear woman
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Measurements
Cup Length: 213 mm
Cup Width: 197 mm
Media/Materials description
Cotton (Textiles) Indeterminate (Synthetic Materials) Indeterminate (Metals - Ferrous)
Signature/Marks
<green ink on white ribbon> 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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H42697.1

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