Exhibition: Exposed! The Story of Swimwear

| 23 February , 2010 | Reply

Check out how swimwear has evolved over the years, from beach pyjamas, neck-to-knee outfits to bikinis, budgie smugglers, togs and everything in between!  All this and more is on show at a new exhibition called Exposed! The Story of Swimwear at the South Australian Maritime Museum.

Keep an eye out for Australian designer swimsuits from Zimmerman, Seafolly, Tigerlilly, Jets and more. I\’m loving the one-piece Zimmerman number with triangle cut-outs all over the bodice, not just because it\’s gorgeous but because I think I\’d get a chuckle out of the tan design it would leave behind!

Annette Kellerman, the Million Dollar Mermaid

Also, don\’t forget to check out the homage to famous bathers on the silver screen, including Borat\’s infamous Mankini. There\’s also lots to learn about including the story of Annette Kellerman the Million Dollar Mermaid and her vaudeville swimmers, as well as the origin of our now beach staple – the itsy-bitsy teeny weeny bikini. That\’s just an itsy-bitsy preview of what\’s on show, so get into the real thing at The South Australian Maritime Museum today!


  1. Annette Kellerman, The Million Dollar Mermaid
  2. Jantzen swimwear fashion shoot on board the Matson liner SS Monterey, 1957
  3. Woman\’s beach pajamas set 1930s
  4. Beach advertising poster for Johnson\’s sun tan oil from the 1950’s
  5. Swimwear design by Tigerlily in response to the museum’s ‘woollen mermaid’ challenge
  6. Swimwear design by Zimmermann in response to the museum’s ‘woollen mermaid’ challenge.

Event Details:

When: Opens 20 February until 9 May 2010.

Where: South Australian Maritime Museum, 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Cost: Museum Admission: Adult $8.50, Child $3.50, Concession $6.50, Family $22

Website: http://www.history.sa.gov.au/maritime/exhibitions/exposed.html

This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.

Images courtesy of The South Australian Maritime Museum

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