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Women's swimming cap with appliquéd flowers

Date: 1970s
Dimensions:
Overall: 0.2 kg
Medium: Rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Joan Gray
Object Name: Swimming cap
Object No: 00029615

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    Description
    This white 1970s swimming cap is decorated with a layer of appliquéd multi-coloured rubber flowers. Caps such as this would have been worn to accessorise with the wearer's swimsuit, as well as to protect her hair from the sun, water and wind.



    SignificanceThis cap was worn by Joan Gray, a house model for Jantzen, and is representative of the beach and pool fashions of the 1970s.
    HistorySwimming caps were primarily made of rubberised fabric by the mid 20th century. Rubber shortages during World War II affected their availability, however, by the 1950s decorated caps had come into vogue.

    During the 1960s swimming caps gained in popularity. Often designed by milliners, caps were brightly coloured, appliquéd with flowers or ribbons, or moulded into shapes.

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