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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1990s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boyd, John, born 1925 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This black hat with large black and white ribbon bow recalls the hats designed by Cecil Beaton for the film 'My Fair Lady' featuring Audrey Hepburn. This film is well known within the millinery world for its 'Ascot' scene in which the dancers and players are adorned in voluminous hats with dramatic silhouettes.

This hat was designed by one of London's most respected milliners John Boyd. Boyd learnt his trade as an apprentice to milliner Aage Thaarup before opening his own millinery shop in 1946 on Beauchamp Place, London. His clients include members of the Royal family and one of his most significant designs was the hat he created for the 'going away' outfit worn by Princess Diana on her honeymoon. The tricorn hat inspired thousands of copies and was a popular style worn throughout the 1980s.

Physical description

Black satin hat with asymmetric brim and large cream and black satin band with over-sized bow

Place of Origin

London (made)


1990s (made)


Boyd, John, born 1925 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin

Object history note

Registered File number 1996/461.

Descriptive line

Woman's, black silk brim and crown trimmed with satin loops in cream and black, John Boyd, British, 1990s.


Silk (textile)


Satin weave


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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