Woolen swimsuits used to be standard beachwear – is it time for a comeback? | The Canberra Times

Swimwear began to be made with the so-called “miracle” fibers: nylon in the 1940s, then polyester (known as “Terylene” in Australia) in the 1950s. From the 1960s, “Lycra” ( also called elastane and spandex) was combined with swimwear. These made dresses that were sleeker, thinner, and more satin-like.

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