Annie Stannard

Annie Stannard is completing her MA in History of Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art, London, where her dissertation has focused on the history of women’s bathing caps in Britain during 1920-1970. Examining the role that the swim cap played in constructs of gender, changing notions of femininity, and systems of power amongst sporting women, her research looks at changes in bath house regulations across this time.

She is a freelance writer and researcher, with interests in twentieth century fashion, women’s histories, youth culture, and gender histories with particular reference to consumption, visual culture and the media.

Annie has created a web site devoted to the subject of women’s swim caps at The Natator

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Annie Stannard Capped and Strapped Women’s Swimming in Britain 1920 – 1970 Copyright Version

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