Yellow swimsuit with ruffled bodice

This yellow Jantzen swimsuit was bought by Dallas Eggleton for his bride, Maryanne McKinnon (Mae for short), and is now worn by daughter Jan Eggleton. Dallas and Mae married on 22 December 1941, just before Dallas left for war. Dallas returned four years later, and met their son Billy for the first time. Jan’s memories of family holidays in the lower South Island include Riverton, Kingston at Lake Wakaitipu and Lake Waihola. "Mum and I sang in the talent quest at the Riverton Carnival every year and often won," says Jan.

Details

Credit: Courtesy of Jan Eggleton
Credit: Courtesy of Jan Eggleton
Designer: Unknown
Maker: Jantzen
Manufacturing location: New Zealand
Garment type: Swimsuit
Material: Chenille knit
Features: Ruffle and ruching on bust
Colour: Yellow
Label: Jantzen
Date: Circa 1940