Swimming in Wool: Bathing Suits at the Henry

Looking at the images in the recent Swimsuit post brought to mind the bathing suits in the Henry’s collection.

Into the 1930s, most swim costumes were made of machine-knitted wool. Modesty concerns led to the design of swimwear that covered much more of the body than today’s suits do. Take a peek at the Henry’s wool bathing suits . How would you like to wear one of these?

Diana Ryesky, Collection Volunteer & Independent Researcher

Jantzen; Frederick & Nelson, Seattle. Bathing suit (woman's). 1930s. Knitted, machine; Plain weave. Wool modified rib knit. Henry Art Gallery, School of Drama Collection. 83.10-31.

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