Wool bathing suit with tie back

This utilitarian woollen one-piece bathing suit was made by well-known New Zealand clothing manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin under the Canterbury label. Shoulder straps are adjusted by pulling them through two loops at the back, and tying them in place. These togs contrast with more decorative styles from this era that were obviously influenced by fashion.


Credit: Image courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, GH017434
Copyright: This image has CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Designer: Unknown
Maker: Lane Walker Rudkin
Garment type: Bathing suit
Material: Wool
Features: The fabric is an unusual diamond-shaped knit
Colour: Black
Label: Pacific Swimwear made by Canterbury
Date: 1940s