Four swimsuits used by Annette Kellerman.

Made 1950s

These swimsuits are part of a collection of clothing worn by Annette Kellerman (1886-1975). She became an international celebrity as an endurance swimmer, an entertainer of the vaudeville stage and a star of American silent films. She played a key role in popularising the one-piece swimsuit for women. Although the Museum has a large collection of Kellerman’s performance costumes, she wore these swimsuits after retiring from the stage.

Born in Sydney, Kellerman took up swimming as a child to str...


Swimsuits (4), used by Annette Kellerman, 1950s




Gift of Sydney Opera House Trust Dennis Wolanski Library, 1983
8 July, 1983

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Four swimsuits used by Annette Kellerman. 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 June 2017, <>
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This object is currently on display in Million Dollar Mermaid: Annette Kellerman at the Powerhouse Museum.
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