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Annette Kellerman Costume Collection

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Brief description

A collection of costumes, props and memorabilia relating to Annette Kellerman, from 1905 to 1970s.

Significance

Annette Kellerman, born in Sydney in 1886, was an endurance swimmer who created the women's one piece swimsuit. She went on to become a famous entertainer of the vaudeville stage. She developed a spectacular form of entertainment that combined diving into a glass tank, swimming and graceful underwater ballet, playing in theatres across Europe, the United States and Australia. Kellerman was the first Australian woman to star in American movies and she became a star of the American silent screen, making films such as 'Neptune's Daughter' in 1914. As creator of the women's one-piece swimsuit, she influenced public attitudes toward the female body. She published books instructing women on beauty and physical fitness, and lectured on health and exercise throughout Europe and America. This collection of objects includes swimwear, costumes, props, photographs, posters and other memorabilia relating to her life and work

Data time period: 1905 to 1980

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text: United States of America

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