Not currently on display at the V&A

Mask

Hat
1993 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Made from beaded and feathered silk satin, this hat was designed and created by San Francisco milliner Kenneth D. King(born in Salinas, Kansas, 1958) in 1993. The designer was inspired by Beaux-Arts architecture and the Art Nouveau style. Respected for his attention to detail and appreciated for their extravagance, King's hats appealed to a wide array of performers, including Laura Branigan or Sir Elton John. Sir Elton John is King's most important collector - he owns over 100 pieces and wore one of these hats in the John Lewis holiday 2018 commercial (the hat appears at 00:30-00:34).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Beaded silk satin and feathers
Brief Description
Hat 'Mask' made of beaded silk satin and feathers, designed by Kenneth D. King, United States, 1993
Physical Description
Hat made of beaded silk satin and feathers.
Dimensions
  • Maximum height height: 430mm (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Maximum width width: 300mm (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Depth: 105mm (Note: Measured by conservation)
Credit line
Given by the designer
Summary
Made from beaded and feathered silk satin, this hat was designed and created by San Francisco milliner Kenneth D. King(born in Salinas, Kansas, 1958) in 1993. The designer was inspired by Beaux-Arts architecture and the Art Nouveau style. Respected for his attention to detail and appreciated for their extravagance, King's hats appealed to a wide array of performers, including Laura Branigan or Sir Elton John. Sir Elton John is King's most important collector - he owns over 100 pieces and wore one of these hats in the John Lewis holiday 2018 commercial (the hat appears at 00:30-00:34).
Bibliographic Reference
Blum, Dilys, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. 1993. Ahead of Fashion : Hats of the 20th Century. Bulletin / Philadelphia Museum of Art, V. 89, No. 377-378. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Collection
Accession Number
T.200-1997

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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