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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1957 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wedge, James, born 1939 (maker)
    Liberty & Co. Ltd. (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Felt, fringe

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs G. Shilling

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hat was designed in 1957 by one of London's most prolific young milliners James Wedge. Wedge had graduated from the Royal College of Art and was offered a workroom space in London's famous Liberty department store. Wedge was not charged rent but merely had to give the Liberty buyers first pick of his hat creations. He went on to open his own millinery store in Soho in 1962, situated at the heart of the fashionable Carnaby Street area. His shows attracted numbers of buyers and press.

The sculptural style of blocked felt hat which perches at the back of the head, presaged the pill box style of hat which was to become incredibly popular in the following years of the early 1960s. It was a style most notably worn by America's First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The fringing around the edge of the hat gives it a youthful feel with its whimsical suggestion of a lampshade and adds movement to the hat when worn.

Physical description

Deep mustard felt beehive cloche hat with a black fringe and small black arrow details. Two pins with their ends covered in mustard felt. Conical shape hat with the brim stitch creased up at the centre front and curving down over the ears. Inside the hat is finished with matching grosgrain band.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1957 (made)


Wedge, James, born 1939 (maker)
Liberty & Co. Ltd. (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Felt, fringe


Circumference: 523 mm, Height: 238 mm, Width: 192 mm, Depth: 239 mm

Descriptive line

Felt conical cloche hat with a fringe, made by James Wedge for Liberty's & Co., London, 1957

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

Cullen, Oriole, Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, 2009, p.69


Felt; Fringe




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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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