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Hat and gloves

  • Place of origin:

    Paris, France (made)

  • Date:

    1946 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucienne Rabaté (Designed by Lucienne Rabaté for Caroline Reboux, designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Suede and monal pheasant feathers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Waverley

  • Museum number:

    T.384 to B-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

This striking hat is constructed around a simple, unlined suede cap which fits close to the head and is joined down the centre back by an intricate zig zag seam. The brim of the hat is composed of iridescent monal pheasant feathers and sweeps from a peak at the centre of the forehead to a curved point at either side of the face. A small group of feathers stands vertically in a crest above the forehead.

The hat was donated with matching gloves and would have been worn for evening occasions. It was designed by the House of Reboux. From the 1870s until the 1930s the label of Caroline Reboux (1837-1927) dominated Parisian millinery fashions. Caroline Reboux began her career as a penniless but talented young milliner. Her work was discovered and promoted by the fashionable Princess Metternich and in turn attracted the custom of the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. In later years the House of Reboux was run by the milliner Lucienne Rabaté.

Reboux was known for her clean, simple style using fabrics such as satin, velvet and felt which were draped or cut with a minimum of added or fussy details. Feathers were a favourite embellishment. In the 1920s Reboux was highly regarded for her cloche style hats, which were often cut and formed on the client's head.

Physical description

Black suede cap and matching gloves, the hat trimmed with monal pheasant feathers.
[Glove] Fitted suede cap with zigzag seam at the centre back. The cap is trimmed with a dramatic brim of bird of pardise feathers which sweeps from a central peak on the forehead, to down on either side of the face. Above the centre peak is a small collection of feathers stand upright.

Place of Origin

Paris, France (made)

Date

1946 (made)

Artist/maker

Lucienne Rabaté (Designed by Lucienne Rabaté for Caroline Reboux, designer)

Materials and Techniques

Suede and monal pheasant feathers

Object history note

Worn and given by Lady Waverley through Cecil Beaton

Descriptive line

Suede pair of gloves and suede hat with monal pheasant feathers, designed by Lucienne Rabaté for Caroline Reboux, Paris, 1946.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Clark, Fiona: Hats: The Costume Accessories Series, (Batsford, London, 1982), colour plate 8

Exhibition History

Hats An Anthology by Stephen Jones (Victoria and Albert Museum 24/02/2009-31/05/2009)
Fashion: an anthology by Cecil Beaton (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/01/1972-31/12/1972)

Associated names

Cecil Beaton

Materials

Suede; Peacock feathers

Techniques

Millinery

Categories

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

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O138777
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