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Speedo 1996 Olympic swimming cap worn by Petria Thomas

Date: 1996
Dimensions:
Overall: 190 x 240 mm, 0.02 kg
Medium: Latex
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Petria Thomas
Object Name: Cap
Object No: 00040008
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This yellow latex competition swimming cap was worn by champion swimmer Petria Thomas at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Made by Speedo, it is decorated with the Australian coat of arms, the five Olympic rings, the Speedo trademark, the text 'AUS', 'Atlanta 1996' and 'Thomas Australia Atlanta 1996'.

    SignificanceThis swimming cap, worn by Australian Olympian Petria Thomas, formed part of the range of swimwear and accessories produced by Speedo for the Australian swimming team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
    HistoryEarly swimming caps were made of fabrics such as cotton and silk. By the mid twentieth century they were primarily made of rubber. During the 1950s and 1960s swimming caps soared in popularity. Often designed by milliners, they were brightly coloured, appliquéd with flowers or ribbons or moulded into shapes and used to protect women's permanent wave hairstyles.

    Competition swimming caps have evolved with developments in textile technology. The late twentieth century has seen the use of latex and silicone, focusing on reducing drag and smoothing out turbulence created by the head when moving through the water.


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