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Hat - Mask


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    King, Kenneth D. (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Beaded silk satin and feathers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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).

Physical description

Hat made of beaded silk satin and feathers.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1993 (made)


King, Kenneth D. (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Beaded silk satin and feathers

Descriptive line

Hat 'Mask' made of beaded silk satin and feathers, designed by Kenneth D. King, United States, 1993

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

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.


Hats & headwear; Clothing; Fashion


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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