Hat and Hat Pins

1950s (made)
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Place Of Origin

Hats were considered an essential fashion accessory in the 1950s. The two main styles during this time were small skull-caps, or wide 'saucer' hats. A hat such as this would be suitable for a cocktail party or dinner.

This hat was designed by the Danish-born Aage Thaarup (1906–1987), who moved to London in the 1930s. Thaarup was one of the most successful milliners of his age, and also designed for the Queen.
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read 'Heads and Tales' by Aage Thaarup Danish milliner Aage Thaarup (1906 – 87) left Copenhagen in the 1930s and set off to conquer London, where he designed hats for movie stars and royalty. In this extract from his 1956 autobiography, he describes his first meeting with a very special customer.
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Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Hat
  • Hat Pin
  • Hat Pin
Brief Description
Pink velvet hat with velvet bows, 1950s, Thaarup
Physical Description
Pink velvet hat with two hat pins.
Dimensions
  • Width: 22cm
  • Length: 25cm
  • Height: 18cm
Gallery Label
Hats were regarded as the finishing touch to an outfit. A wide choice was available, from large picture hats to tiny, feathered creations that perched on the head, secured only with a hat pin. [34 words] Pink velvet Aage Thaarup (1906-87) London 1950s Given by Mrs Blair Cook V&A: T.255-1985(22/09/2007)
Credit line
Given by Mrs B. Church
Object history
This hat was worn by Mrs Blair Cook, one of Thaarup's best customers. It was given by Mrs Cook's sister.



Mr Thaarup personally went through Mrs Cook's collection with curator Valerie Mendes.
Summary
Hats were considered an essential fashion accessory in the 1950s. The two main styles during this time were small skull-caps, or wide 'saucer' hats. A hat such as this would be suitable for a cocktail party or dinner.



This hat was designed by the Danish-born Aage Thaarup (1906–1987), who moved to London in the 1930s. Thaarup was one of the most successful milliners of his age, and also designed for the Queen.
Bibliographic Reference
Wilcox, C., ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57. London: V&A Publications, 2007, pl.2.12
Collection
Accession Number
T.255 to B-1985

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record createdJanuary 29, 2008
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