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Hat - Coniston


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fox, Frederick (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet and feathers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Frederick Fox

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hat is made of velvet, moulded into undulating folds which are permanently set to one side, giving the effect that a fast wind has just swished by the fabric. The design of the hat suggests the idea of speed and is named 'Coniston' after the lake where Donald Campbell broke the world land-speed record in 1967. The hat is lined with bird of paradise feathers which give an iridescent sheen to the interior of the folds.

Sir Frederick Fox retired from the millinery business in 2002, following 40 years of hat-making. Australian born Fox moved to London in 1958 to work with milliners Otto Lucas and later Mitzi Lorenz. In 1964 he opened his own salon in London's Brook street. Milliner to the Queen since 1969, Fox designed classic styles made to the highest standard and worn by an international clientele to imporatant public and private events. He was noted for his technical skill in making hats and his use of the highest quality materials .

Following his retirement Fox returned to Australia and became a patron of the Australian Millinery Association.

Physical description

Black velvet molded into undulating wave shapes lined with irredescent feathers.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


2000 (made)


Fox, Frederick (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Velvet and feathers

Marks and inscriptions

Frederick Fox



Depth: 21 cm, Diameter: 16 cm

Object history note

This hat came from the archive of Frederick Fox, which was offered in part at his retirement in 2002.

Descriptive line

Hat of black molded velvet lined with feathers


Velvet; Feathers




Hats & headwear; Fashion; Accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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