School Excursion Program
In this program students handle and examine costumes and accessories from the diverse range of swimwear in the museum’s Education Collection. Students investigate the historical, cultural and social contexts inherent in the evolution of swimwear. This hands-on program provides students with direct experience of changing textile technologies, design practices, properties and performance of textiles.
In the workshop, students are introduced to a brief historical outline of costume design and conservation principles. They then develop a Case Study based on their examination of individual swimming costumes. Students explore and discuss design concepts, fibre, yarns and fabrics, garment construction, aesthetic qualities and labels. The concept of typology is explored with the placement of individual costumes on a timeline.
During a tour of the museum, students examine the evolution of swimwear and design concepts using a touch screen. Photographic panels and specific exhibits of costumes explore the impact of social attitudes, popular culture and sport on the design, fashion and function of swimwear. Advertising material, magazines and accessories contribute to the fashion and marketing experience. Students then match appropriate accessories to costumes from different eras.
NSW Technology Textiles and Design Stage 6
P 1.1, P1.2, P3.1, P3.2, P6.1
H3.1, H3.2, H4.1, H6.1
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Before embarking on your excursion, please visit our School Excursions page and read all the information under "Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information".
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
+61 2 9298 3777
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777