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Swimming cap

Date: 1950s
190 x 220 mm, 0.2 kg
Medium: Rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Cap
Object No: 00039525

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    This pink rubber swimming cap is decorated with a layer of appliquéd cut out rubber flowers. Made in the United Kingdom in the 1950s, the cap was worn to both accessorise with a swimsuit and protect the swimmer’s hair from the water.
    SignificanceThe cap is representative of beach and pool fashions from the 1950s.
    HistorySwimming caps were primarily made of rubberised fabric by the 1950s when decorated caps had come into vogue. During the 1960s swimming caps increased in popularity and were often designed by milliners. Swimming caps became brightly coloured, appliquéd with flowers or ribbons, or moulded into shapes.
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