Even before the explosive 1946  introduction of the bikini in France, two piece suits were gaining in popularity. This perky yellow swimsuit of elasticized fabric dates to the 1940s. In the late 1930s and 1940s, man-made fibers such as Celanese acetate and Dupont rayon were used to create a number of exciting new and practical fabrics. This suit has a Par-Form / Original label, indicating it was made by Par-Form Foundations, Inc., New York.

The bandeau top has encased elastic top and bottom and ties in back. It originally had a removable matching tie that slipped through a loop inside the front center and tied around the neck. The matching bottom has an additional gathered panel over the front along with encased elastic at waist, bottom of front panel and leg openings. There is a 7” yellow metal zipper in back with a concealed yellow plastic button at the waist.

This summery suit was worn by Audrey Nash Jordan (1921-2005) of Greenwood and Greenville, S.C.

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