Woman's swimsuit

American
1940s
Designed by Catalina, Inc. (American)


Dimensions

Center back (bra): 10.2 cm (4 in.) Center back (bottom): 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2005.584.1-2

Medium or Technique

Printed cotton, mother-of-pearl and plastic buttons, elastic

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Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Two piece swimsuit of dark and light blue batik-inspired printed cotton. Bra top ruched with elastic at sides, buttons at back, draped mock-wrap effect in front; shoulder straps button to inside of back. High-waisted trunks, back entirely ruched with elastic, front has sarong-like overskirt panel draped to one side. Labeled: “Catalina of California Creator/ fabric design protected by copyright/ 43 style 41816/size 14/36.”

Provenance

Purchased by Susan Ward via on internet auction from Kip Stamm, Las Vegas, NV, August 2005. Purchased by MFA November 23, 2005.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Linda Fenton