Nurse uniform with apron & cape
This uniform was worn by nurses working for the New Zealand Army Nursing Service during World War One. It was designed by Hester Maclean, the matron-in-chief, but the nurses often had to organise their own uniforms to be made so there were variations. A cotton dress was worn by women serving in Egypt. Towards the end of the war the skirt length shortened, mirroring the fashion for garments that allowed more freedom of movement. The blue strips on the back of each sleeve indicate the years of service completed; in this case five years. A protective white apron and cuffs were worn while working and the crisp white collar was also separate for easy and regular laundering.