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2007/175/2 Board shorts (2), mens, cotton, designed by Simon Buttonshaw, made by Quiksilver Inc, Torquay, Victoria, Australia, c. 1980-1985. Click to enlarge.

Boardshorts made by Quicksilver

Made
In 1970 Australian surfers Alan Grewen and John Law formed the company called Quicksilver. They saw a huge need for more comfortable clothing to wear whilst surfing and set about ripping apart old trunks and designing new ones. They had the simple goal to combine fashion and with that they revolutionised the boardshort for comfort when surfing.

The design for these shorts was reproduced in 2002 by the Kitten clothing company, and printed on girls' t-shirts.

These board shorts augment the Museum's small collection of clothing that shows how fashion has combined with function in sportswear. They were displayed in the 'Sport: more than heroes and legends' exhibition (September 2003 - July 2004) in the Powerhouse Museum.

Written by Erika Dicker
Assistant Curator, 2007.

Summary

Object No.

2007/175/2

Object Statement

Board shorts (2), mens, cotton, designed by Simon Buttonshaw, made by Quiksilver Inc, Torquay, Victoria, Australia, c. 1980-1985

Physical Description

Two pairs of mens boardshorts made of printed cotton, both are machine sewn and unlined.

One is a pair of mens green boardshorts with inserts on sides consisting of multicoloured polka dots on a yellow background. There is a two press-stud fastening and a Velcro fly at the centre front. A black brand label is stitched to the front left leg displaying a logo and the text 'Quiksilver' in silver thread.

The other pair are mens pink boardshorts with inserts on the sides consisting of multicoloured black checkerboard pattern. There is a two press-stud fastening and Velcro fly at the centre front. A black brand label is stitched to the front left leg displaying a logo and the text 'Quiksilver' in silver thread.

Production

Notes

These shorts are produced by Quiksilver Inc in Torquay, Victoria between 1980 and 1985. They were designed by Simon Buttonshaw c. 1984.

History

Notes

The board shorts were displayed in the 'Sport: more than heroes and legends' exhibition (September 2003 - July 2004) in the Powerhouse Museum.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Kitten Clothing, 2007

Acquisition Date

9 November 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Boardshorts made by Quicksilver 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 September 2020, <https://ma.as/371815>

Wikipedia

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