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Hat

Hat

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1951 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Svend (milliner)
    Jacques Fath (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Shaped felt and mohair, lined with satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Alexandra Trevor-Roper

  • Museum number:

    T.187-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Lady Alexandra Howard-Johnston (later Lady Dacre) was the wife of the Naval Attaché to Paris. She required an extensive wardrobe for the many formal dinners and state functions that she had to attend, and no outfit was complete without the appropriate accessories such as hats and gloves.

Lady Alexandra dressed exclusively at the French couturier Jacques Fath (1912-54). The designer lent her evening and day dresses each season, aware of the publicity that this would give his house. She recalled ‘If there was a Fath dress I wanted to keep, I could pay sale price at the end of the season. I was not allowed to go to any other couturier, but I did not want to – Fath was perfection.’

Physical description

Hat of mid-blue felt and mohair. It has a shallow crown and a wide brim which slopes downwards with a head support inside the crown, and is covered in black satin, with approximately 2 inches extended on the top of the crown, laid flat.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1951 (made)

Artist/maker

Svend (milliner)
Jacques Fath (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Shaped felt and mohair, lined with satin

Marks and inscriptions

'Jacques Fath / Paris'
Label, machine woven, black on white

Dimensions

Height: 12.5 cm, Diameter: 25 cm, Weight: 0.1 kg

Historical context note

Lady Alexandra Trevor-Roper favoured Fath for her wardrobe, and contributed the large portion of the V&A's Fath collection.

Descriptive line

Wide brimmed hat of felt and mohair, made by Svend for Jacques Fath, Paris, 1951

Labels and date

LADY ALEXANDRA: A COUTURE CLIENT [case panel]

Lady Alexandra Howard-Johnston (later Lady Dacre) was the wife of the Naval Attaché to Paris. She required an extensive wardrobe for the many formal dinners and state functions that she had to attend.

A couture client would attend all the fashion collections, seated in the front row if she were especially important. After the show, she would place her orders with her personal vendeuse or saleswoman. A calico toile would be created, then the final garment, a process involving numerous time-consuming fittings.

Lady Alexandra dressed exclusively at Jacques Fath. The designer lent her evening and day dresses each season, aware of the publicity that this would give his house. ‘If there was a Fath dress I wanted to keep, I could pay sale price at the end of the season. I was not allowed to go to any other couturier, but I did not want to – Fath was perfection.’ [150 words]

[object label]
Hats
Jacques Fath (1912-54)
Paris
About 1950

Mohair and felt
V&A: T.187-1974 [22/09/2007]

Materials

Felt; Mohair; Satin

Techniques

Millinery

Categories

Fashion; Hats & headwear; Women's clothes; Accessories

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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