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The shrinking bathing suit (1st of 3)

The shrinking bathing suit

As with men’s costumes, women’s bathing suits became briefer, as this cartoon of 1926 suggests. Initially, women wore two-piece costumes, with a tunic covering woollen pants. But by the 1920s, one-piece suits appeared, and more of the arms and the thighs were exposed to public view.

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Reference: Auckland Star, 2 October 1926, p. 23

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Jock Phillips, 'Beach culture - Beach culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/9118/the-shrinking-bathing-suit (accessed 21 March 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006