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Hat

Hat

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kilpin Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaited straw, applied felt and velvet, lined

  • Museum number:

    T.442-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cloche-type hat is made of smooth pink plaited straw. It has a deep round crown with a decorated band of brown chevron around it. The narrow brim is trimmed with brown cord at the edge. The front of the crown displays a panel formed by lines of petersham ribbon in orange and magenta. The panel encloses a decorative trim of bold stylised flowers in appliquéd felt and velvet in pink, magenta, green, peach and orange. The cloche has a black lining. It was made in England about 1925 by Kilpin Ltd of London.

Cloches were probably the most iconic hats of the 1920s. They were made of straw, fabrics and especially felt. The high, bulbous crowns lent themselves to experimentation with pleating, beading, embroidery, appliqué and trimming. Although they were held to be brim-less, cloches had small frontal brims from 1922 to 1925, and longer, asymmetrical brims from 1926.

Physical description

Cloche style hat made of smooth, pink plaited straw. It has a deep, round crown with a brown chevron decorated band around it. Its narrow brim is trimmed with brown cord at the edge. The front of the crown displays a panel, formed by lines of petersham ribbon, in orange and magenta. The panel encloses a decorative trim of bold stylised flowers in appliquéd felt and velvet in pink, magenta, green, peach and orange. The hat has a black lining.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1925 (made)

Artist/maker

Kilpin Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaited straw, applied felt and velvet, lined

Marks and inscriptions

'MADE IN ENGLAND KILPIN LTD LONDON W'
Woven label, silver on black

Dimensions

Height: 13 cm crown approximate, Width: 20 cm brim approximate

Object history note

Historical significance: Probably the most iconic hat of the 1920s, cloches were made of straw, fabrics and especially felt. The high, bulbous crowns lent themselves to experimentation with pleateing, beading, embroidery, appliqués and trimming. Although they were held to be brimless, cloches had small frontal brims from 1922 to 1925, and longer and asymmetrical brims from 1926 onwards.

Descriptive line

Hat of straw, made by Kilpin Ltd, London, ca. 1925

Materials

Straw; Velvet; Felt

Techniques

Hand; Plaiting

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

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

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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