New Zealand Cricket blazer
Rugby World Cup 2011 CEO Martin Snedden earned this blazer when he was a representative cricketer from 1980 until 1990. All test cricket is played in white, but the One Day team Martin played in was infamous for sporting beige pyjama-style uniforms. The introduction of the ‘Black Caps’ moniker in 1998 for our national cricket team and the wearing of black uniforms by the One Day teams came after Martin’s playing days. He was an integral part of the pace attack in New Zealand’s golden age of cricket alongside Richard Hadlee and Ewen Chatfield. After retiring from playing he remained involved becoming the CEO of New Zealand Cricket from 2001 until 2006, when he left to take up his current position. Read more about wearing the colour black in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Black: The history of black in fashion, society and culture in New Zealand.