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  • Place of origin:

    United States (retailed)
    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ruched silk taffeta

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Ruth Walton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This boldly coloured pink and green taffeta hat is a licensed Schiaparelli design from the 1950s.

In the late 1940s Elsa Schiaparelli struck a number of licensing agreements with America to manufacture hats, scarves, neckties, sunglasses, hosiery, lingerie, other fashion accessories, furs, and simple clothing under her name. They would have been sold through high-end American department stores. Most of the licensing agreements continued after Schiaparelli's Paris couture house closed in 1954, until her death in 1973. The hosiery and hat ranges were particularly successful, with Schiaparelli label hats being made through the 1960s.

Whilst this hat may not have been designed by Schiaparelli herself, its vibrant colours and sense of drama are typical of her style.

Physical description

Small close hat, beret style, made from silk taffeta in emerald green, fuchsia and sugar-pink. The edge is sculpturally gathered and ruched.

Place of Origin

United States (retailed)
France (made)


ca. 1955 (made)


Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Ruched silk taffeta

Object history note

Registered File number 1990/1646.

Descriptive line

Small close hat, beret style, made from ruched silk taffeta, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, France, ca. 1955


Silk (textile); Taffeta


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

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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