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Hat

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
fall 1938
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool, silk, straw
Dimensions:
5 1/2 x 9 in. (14 x 22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1951
Accession Number:
2009.300.1836
Not on view
Schiaparelli, known for her whimsical clothing and accessory designs, made this high style doll hat for her Pagan collection of fall 1938. This collection was the debut of Schiaparelli's version of the miniature doll hat. The popular hat form receives Schiaparelli's touch of playfulness in this example with the rigid veil. The veiling, usually made of silk or a soft fiber, is made of stiff straw in this example. Schiaparelli then wired the edge and twisted it asymmetrically, making it brim-like and transforming the trendy form into something uniquely hers. The provenance of this hat also makes it special. It was worn by fashion arbiter Millicent Rogers, who frequented Schiaparelli's couture house and gave her entire wardrobe to the Brooklyn Museum.
Marking: Label: "Schiaparelli/21.place vendôme/Paris/Automne 1938"
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