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I asked The Swimsuit, "Swimsuit, how would you like to be made?"
"Cut me to cover my wearer's bottom," she requested.
"Okay. That's boring, but fine."
"And put me high on her chest," she said, "with thick rubber and straps so I don't come down in the water."
"The best available rubber and fabric. I would like the chance to grow old!"
"You deserve it," I told her and was planning to go when she added one thing:
"Oh, and use the same fabric inside."
"Why? That's expensive!" I said.
"For shape control, strength of colour, and that certain indefinable something."
It was only after this conversation that I thought about The Swimsuit in metaphysical terms. It is a timeless idea, like The Circle, or Justice. The role of the geometer, law maker and artist is to make each manifest, without recourse to earlier efforts.
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- The cut achieves a slight amount of leg elongation but is otherwise modest across the buttocks and neckline. The crotch width is generous in consideration of comfort when cycling.
- The same 190gsm fabric has been used to line both the front and back panels, to maximise colour depth and shape control.
- Side darts have been added to allow for the breasts and to provide a slight lift.
- Sliding straps are recommended for those prone to bodysurfing or diving. The O-rings and 8-sliders on these are rack plated and moulded for PRIDE so they double as a decorative feature.
- To ensure the seams remain hidden, the lining to the front panel has been secured to the rubber across the full width of the neckline and through the leg seams to the crotch.
- A fraction more tension has been put in the rubber crossing the buttocks than is normal with swimsuits sold off the rack. In other words, it is designed to look best on the body, not the clothes hanger.
- Self fabric and lining in matching 190gsm Vita from Carvico in Milan. It is 78% Recycled Nylon, a.k.a. "Econyl" and 22% Xtra Life Lycra. (See technical data from the Australian importer).
- All threads are UV and chlorine resistant polyester. Depending on the colour, they are from one of the following makers: American and Efird (A&E), Coats in the UK, or Perfect Thread Co. in the USA.
- For elasticity and endurance, 0.63mm thick treated latex has been used in the following widths: 6mm across the front leg seams; 8mm across the neck, back and buttocks, and; 12mm in the straps.
- All hardware is moulded exclusively for PRIDE using alloys not effected by salt water or by chlorine. Electrostatic rack plating contains no heavy metals, for example cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, nickel or lead.
- Each piece individually cut and sewn in Newcastle East in Australia.
- Design and prototyping by Steven Fleming
- Pattern making and grading by Karissa Shrubb in Newcastle.
- Studio photography by Edward Cross in Newcastle
- Location photography by Steven Fleming
- The size-6 swimsuits pictured are modelled by Lili Kahmali, bust 75cm, waist 58cm, lower hip 89cm, cup size A.
- Lili is managed by Busy Models, Australia.
I walked away from my encounter with The Swimsuit Itself, wondering how a rational entity—A Platonic Form—could refer to an "indefinable something" as part of her argument to me. Surely it was her job, not mine, to articulate the basis of her own essence?
The questions raised in my mind occasioned a period of empirical study. I made single lined swimsuits, ones with thin lining, and swimsuits with equal weight linings but in colours I could purchase in bulk. All would have cut my cost of production.
In the end I concluded that cost-saving with swimsuits is like sculpting from wood, when I would rather be sculpting from marble.
— Steven Fleming, 2019, on the occasion of the PRIDE brand launch.