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Cocktail hat
  • Cocktail hat
    Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972
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Cocktail hat

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin and tassels on plastic

  • Credit Line:

    Given anonymously

  • Museum number:

    T.356-1997

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case x14, shelf FIG3

Physical description

Small puffball headdress made in black silk satin, stiffened, and trimmed with a tassel of long bobbled cords. Attached to a plastic hair-comb.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1960 (made)

Artist/maker

Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin and tassels on plastic

Marks and inscriptions

'BALENCIAGA'
Label on underside of headdress

Descriptive line

Small puffball headdress made in silk satin, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, ca. 1960

Labels and date

‘Balenciaga’s hats are an integral part of his fashion,’ reported the French fashion review Jardin des modes in 1961. They ensure ‘that volumes are balanced and the silhouette is perfectly finished off.’ Fairly conventional ensembles were often paired with a striking hat which lifted the whole look and made it appear more avant-garde. The client could buy the whole ensemble or leave the hat if it was too daring. The designs for hats were as fiercely protected as those for dresses. The police commissioner stamped the official sketches of the hats to protect them from being copied.

Beaded cocktail headdress
Silk satin and tassels on plastic
Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, about 1960
V&A: T.356-1997 [27/05/2017-07/02/2018]

Materials

Plastic; Silk (textile)

Techniques

Satin weave

Categories

Fashion; Accessories; Hats & headwear; Evening wear; Formal wear; Clothing

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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