Wool swimsuits used to be standard beachwear – is it time to bring them back? | The Canberra Times

Swimwear was first made from so-called ‘miracle’ fibres: nylon in the 1940s, then polyester (known in Australia as ‘Terylene’) in the 1950s. Beginning in the 1960s, “lycra” (also called elastane and spandex) was mixed into swimsuits. These made slimmer, slimmer, more satin-like suits.

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