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Hat and hat pins
  • Hat and hat pins
    Thaarup, Aage, born 1906 - died 1987
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Hat and hat pins

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thaarup, Aage, born 1906 - died 1987 (milliner)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs B. Church

  • Museum number:

    T.255 to B-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Pink velvet hat with two hat pins.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1950s (made)


Thaarup, Aage, born 1906 - died 1987 (milliner)

Materials and Techniques



Width: 22 cm, Length: 25 cm, Height: 18 cm

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Pink velvet hat with velvet bows, 1950s, Thaarup

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

Wilcox, C., ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57. London: V&A Publications, 2007, pl.2.12

Labels and date

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)
Given by Mrs Blair Cook
V&A: T.255-1985 [22/09/2007]


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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