This unusual swimming cap, made in West Germany in the 1970s, has been entirely covered with layered blonde synthetic hair, mimicking a short hair style.

Worn by Joan Gray, a house model for Jantzen in the 1960s–70s, the cap was designed to accessorise the wearer’s swimsuit, ensuring she looked glamourous while protecting her actual hair from the sun, water and wind.


  • Title: Women's swimming cap with blonde wig
  • Date: 1970s
  • Location: Deutschland
  • Type: Swimming cap
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Rubber, synthetic hair
  • Dimensions: 0.25 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Joan Gray

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