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Hat with hat pins

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1949 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Svend (milliner)
    Jacques Fath (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Buckram, net, stiffened with wire, steel and feathers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Alexandra Trevor-Roper

  • Museum number:

    T.188 to B-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Buckram picture hat, oyster shell shape, with black fine layered net with narrow circular rows of stitching. It has a small shallow crown with a wide brim at the front and sides and a narrow back, stiffened with two rows of wiring which is shaped into folds and curves. The base of the crown has a band which ties into a bow, with a spray of black osprey feathers, attached to the right side. Worn with two hat pins of steel approximately 3.75 inches long with a thistle shaped end of covered black net.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1949 (made)


Svend (milliner)
Jacques Fath (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Buckram, net, stiffened with wire, steel and feathers

Marks and inscriptions

'Jacques Fath / Paris'
Label, machine woven, brown and white

Object history note

The hat pins are shaped like thistles, which could allude to Lady Alexandra's Scottish links, as per her first marriage to Rear Admiral Clarence Dinsmore Howard-Johnston. (She married Trevor-Roper in 1954). She is known to have commissioned Fath to create a dress in the Johnston tartan in 1949.

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

Oyster shell-shaped buckram hat of fine layered net and osprey feathers, with two steel hat pins, made by Svend for Jacques Fath, Paris, 1949


Net; Thread; Wire; Feathers; Metal


Sewing; Millinery

Subjects depicted



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

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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