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92/1624 Womens swimsuit, 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, as used by the Australian Team, nylon / lycra, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1988. Click to enlarge.

Womens swimsuit, 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, as used by the Australian Team, nylon / lycra, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1988

Made
The Museum has an extensive collection of Speedo swimwear and accessories dating from the 1930s to the present including designs produced for the Australian Olympic Games team from 1964 to 2004, the Australian Commonwealth Games team from 1970-2002 and numerous international Olympic teams. This collection is complemented by the Speedo archive which includes scrapbooks, catalogues, posters, newsletters, stickers, photographs, video footage and badges.

Speedo's origins lie in MacRae Knitting Mills, manufacturer of cotton and wool knitwear. They produced their first swimming costumes in Sydney, Australia in the late 1920s and in 1928 held a competition to find a name for their new swimwear line. So successful was a staff member's catchy slogan 'Speed on in your Speedo', they changed the company name to Speedo.

From the beginning Speedo focussed their attention on producing competitive swimwear complemented by a range of leisure swimwear and knitted apparel and the Museum's Speedo collection and archive illustrates the evolution of swimwear styles and fabrics designed to reduce water resistance and enhance speed. By the 1980s most of the world's top competitive swimmers were competing in Speedo's.

Glynis Jones
Curator, Design & Society

Summary

Object No.

92/1624

Object Statement

Womens swimsuit, 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, as used by the Australian Team, nylon / lycra, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1988

Physical Description

Woman's swimsuit, 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, as used by the Australian Team, nylon / lycra, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1988.

Nylon / lycra maillot style with high cut leg and 'super back' cross over straps, green ground with stylised platypus motifs in gold and 'australia' printed in white. The upper front and straps in yellow, printed in green with a shield featuring a kangaroo and the Olympic rings and inscribed 'SPEEDO / AUSTRALIA / 1988'.

Marks

Printed cardboard tags attached. One printed with boomerang logo and 'SPEEDO / STYLE 66548 / SIZE 12 / MISSES / COLOUR 172' with promotional information on the reverse. Second tag printed with logo and name, inscribed in black ink with '1988 / SEOUL / OLYMPIC GAMES / PLATYPUS' NYLON/LYCRA / SUPER BACK MISSES 12'. Fabric tag printed with boomerang log and 'SPEEDO / 12 / TO FIT BUST 85 cm / HIPS 90 cm / NYLON / ELASTANE(LYCRA) / MADE IN AUSTRALIA'.

Dimensions

Depth

600 mm

Production

Notes

As used by the Australian team at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, 1992

Acquisition Date

7 September 1992

Cite this Object

Harvard

Womens swimsuit, 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, as used by the Australian Team, nylon / lycra, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1988 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2020, <https://ma.as/122230>

Wikipedia

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