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Woman's two-piece bathing suit

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...

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Provenance

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

American, about 1920

Object Place

New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2005.8.1-2

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes