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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    London (designed)

  • Date:

    mid 1950s (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boyd, John, born 1925 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    velvet and egret feathers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Romayne Wood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

John Boyd was born in Scotland and began his career as an apprentice to Royal milliner Aage Thaarup in London in 1941. He opened his first hat shop in 1946 and is still in business with his premises on Beauchamp Place. Boyd is favourite hat designer of the royal family and is well known for his designs for Diana, Princess of Wales.

Hats were considered an essential fashion accessory in the 1950s. The two main styles during this time were small, and often very elaborate, skull-caps, or wide ‘saucer’ hats. This hat would have been worn with an evening ensemble.

Physical description

pill-box shaped hat of black velvet trimmed around the edges with a crown of white egret feathers. The hat is secured to the head with a headband

Place of Origin

London (made)
London (designed)


mid 1950s (designed)


Boyd, John, born 1925 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

velvet and egret feathers


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

Descriptive line

Hat of black velvet trimmed with white egret feathers, John Boyd, mid 1950s


Velvet; Feathers




Hats & headwear; Fashion; Day wear; Women's clothes; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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