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Woman's bathing suit

about 1920
Labeled Annette Kellerman (Australian (worked in Australia and America), 1886–1975), Manufactured by Asbury Mills (American)

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Center back: 76.8 cm (30 1/4 in.) Center front: 68.6 cm (27 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool knit, silk plain weave (taffeta), plastic buttons

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black wool knit one-piece tank suit with legs ending in olive green knit cuffs above the knee, dark green plastic button at left shoulder, labelled “The Annette Kellerman Swimming Tights, Reg. U.S. Pat. Off., Asbury Mills.” Black silk taffeta overblouse/tunic with decorative machine hemstitching at hem, beige thread in chevron pattern; two dark green plastic buttons at each shoulder (1 replaced).


Worn by Constance Nightingale in Warwick Neck, RI; by inheritance to her daughter; Purchased at a charity auction, Providence, RI by Arkwright Antiques, 2004; Purchased by the MFA, January 26, 2005

Credit Line

Textile Income Purchase Fund