‘Taking the Plunge’
Opening on Saturday the 25th May 2013 until May 2014
The Fashion Gallery at Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville.
‘Taking the Plunge’ is an exhibition showcasing the history of men’s and women’s swimwear, from the full coverage of the 1890s to the ‘barely there’ of the present day.
The displays will chart the development of swimwear from the health promoting properties of sea bathing in the 1890s, to examining the changing attitudes of sun bathing in the 1920s, through to the booming swimwear industry created by the affordable package holidays that began in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition will also explore the fabric technologies that have helped to create modern swimwear used by both amateur and competitive swimmers.
On display will be swimwear from the Museum’s archive including items from the internationally important Symington Collection and the archive of Next Plc, showcasing examples from this season’s range. Featuring in the exhibition will be the controversial LZR Racer Suit from Speedo, the swimsuit that was banned from competitive swimming after the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The exhibition continues the collaboration between Leicestershire County Council and De Montfort University. Dr Chris Boydell, Subject Leader in Critical & Contextual Studies is the guest curator.