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Hat

1913-14 (made)
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Place Of Origin

The severe simplicity of this little black and white hat is quite modern for its time. It is a jaunty small-brimmed straw hat with a glossy satin hatband.. The focus of the hat is an immense, curling white ostrich plume rising above the crown. A hat-pin would have secured this hat to the wearer's hairstyle. When this dramatic hat was made, only a year or two earlier, fashionable hats had been quite large and elaborately trimmed with flowers, feathers and ribbons, so this hat reflects a dramatic modernity.

This hat was worn by Miss Heather Firbank (1888-1954). She was a beautiful, wealthy young woman who bought her expensive, high-style clothing from leading London couturiers, such as Lucile, Redfern and Mascotte. She favoured purple and heather tones, which complemented her name. The Museum holds a wide range of clothing and accessories from Heather's wardrobe between 1905 to 1921.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Straw, silk, ostrich feather
Brief Description
Straw hat with a ciré silk band and curled ostrich plume and egret feather, retailed by Woolland Bros.,London, c.1913-14
Physical Description
Small-brimmed black straw hat with a dome shaped crown. Band of ruched black ciré silk, and large ostrich feather standing well above crown of the hat and curling forward.
Object history
Worn by Miss Heather Firbank
Summary
The severe simplicity of this little black and white hat is quite modern for its time. It is a jaunty small-brimmed straw hat with a glossy satin hatband.. The focus of the hat is an immense, curling white ostrich plume rising above the crown. A hat-pin would have secured this hat to the wearer's hairstyle. When this dramatic hat was made, only a year or two earlier, fashionable hats had been quite large and elaborately trimmed with flowers, feathers and ribbons, so this hat reflects a dramatic modernity.



This hat was worn by Miss Heather Firbank (1888-1954). She was a beautiful, wealthy young woman who bought her expensive, high-style clothing from leading London couturiers, such as Lucile, Redfern and Mascotte. She favoured purple and heather tones, which complemented her name. The Museum holds a wide range of clothing and accessories from Heather's wardrobe between 1905 to 1921.
Collection
Accession Number
T.109-1960

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record createdSeptember 28, 2007
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