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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    mid 1930s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rabaté, Lucienne (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and monal pheasant feathers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This stylish hat with its dramatic profile would have been worn for an evening event. In 1934 Vogue magazine featured similar hats in an article entitled 'Dinner-Dancing Hats' for autumn to give 'just the right note of elegance when you're dining and dancing'.

The pointed crown and thick feather brim echoes the shape of a traditional tarboosh hat, historically worn in Egypt and across the Middle East. The tarboosh had a pointed crown and often formed the base around which a turban could be wrapped.

This hat was designed by Lucienne Rabaté for 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. After Caroline Reboux's death in 1927, 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

Small conical hat trimmed with iridescent monal pheasant feathers massed about the brim.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


mid 1930s (made)


Rabaté, Lucienne (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk and monal pheasant feathers


Width: 220 mm, Height: 115 mm

Descriptive line

Hat with monal pheasant feathers, possibly designed by Lucienne Rabaté for Caroline Reboux, Paris, mid 1930s.






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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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