Metallic evening cap

Made by Unknown (person) in Europe, 1918-1920.

This evening cap is an example of the type of fashion accessories worn and valued by women post World War I. The close-fitting style of the cap would have complemented the cropped, short, sleek hair styles of the 1920s and the use of metallic thread fashioned in tambour work, foreshadows the revived materials and looks observed in today’s contemporary clothing and accessory designs.

The 1920s were characterised by a radical alteration in fashion due to the socio economic changes that occurred ...


Close fitting evening cap made in oxidised silver metallic thread. The tambour work is made in fine metallic thread, possibly as a chemical lace with the backing dissolved away. The thread appears to have a cotton core with metallic outer strip covering.The pattern features flower and circular designs. A cordonnet edge surrounds the individual leaf, scroll and flower motifs.


195 mm
300 mm


This style of cap is typical of the silhouette style of the 1920s. The maker of the cap is unknown.

The tambour industry began in Ireland, England and Belgium in the late 1820s. Tambour lace is made by stretching a fine net over a frame that resembles a drum and creating a chain stitch using a fine hook similar to a crochet hook to reach through the net and draw the working thread through the net.
Unknown (person) 1918-1920


Gift of Meg Stevenson, 2007
26 October, 2007

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Metallic evening cap 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 November 2017, <>
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