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  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather lined in sheepskin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Leather aviator/motorist's hat, with sheepskin lining.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1950s (made)

Materials and Techniques

Leather lined in sheepskin

Object history note

Registered File number 1994/2036, Streetstyle exhibition 1994-1995, in the exhibition it was part of an outfit called 'Beatnik USA 1950s' (includes the boots T.1053-1994, the shirt T.1055-1994 and the jacket T.1058-1994).

The outfit was compiled with advice from Adrien Henri.
"This outfit simulates one of the looks favoured by the original Beats in the Neil Cassady and Jack Kerouac circle. Perceived as being almost 'sloppy', it was a powerful anti-establishment and anti-grey-flannel-suit statement. It pre-dates the Beatniks, who married French existentialist leanings towards black, with various Beat elements."

Descriptive line

Hat, leather flying hat, United States, 1950s

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

Described in the exhibition publication, part of an outfit called 'Beatnik USA 1950s'.
Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads & Skaters : Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties


Leather; Sheepskin


Men's clothes; Fashion; Day wear; Hats & headwear; Streetstyle exhibition 1994


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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