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Hat and gloves

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1946 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rabaté, Lucienne (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Suede and Himalayan monal pheasant feathers (Lophophorus impejanus)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Waverley

  • Museum number:

    T.384 to B-1974

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

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 Himalayan monal pheasant feathers (Lophophorus impejanus).

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1946 (made)


Rabaté, Lucienne (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Suede and Himalayan monal pheasant feathers (Lophophorus impejanus)


Height: 400 mm Hat, dims when mounted., Width: 180 mm Hat, dims when mounted., Depth: 220 mm Hat, dims when mounted., Height: 310 mm Gloves, dims when mounted., Width: 350 mm Gloves, dims when mounted., Depth: 60 mm Gloves, dims when mounted.

Object history note

RF number is 1970/3752 part F/6.

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
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971


Suede; Himalayan monal; Animal part - Lophophorus impejanus




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

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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