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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1953 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mirman, Simone, born 1912 - died 2008 (milliners)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Horsehair and chiffon

  • Credit Line:

    Worn by Mrs Doris Langley Moore

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Milliner Simone Mirman was born in Paris and was art-school trained. She worked for fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris and came to London in 1947. Mirman, who referred to her hats as ‘objects d’art’, worked first from an attic before opening her couture millinery salon in London. She made hats for Princess Margaret from 1953 and the Queen and the Queen Mother from the 1960s.

With typical aplomb, Simone Mirman scattered diminutive rosebuds over this coolie-style summer hat. In 1953, the year in which this hat was made, the nation celebrated the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and the millinery trade enjoyed an upsurge in business and profits.

Physical description

Low triangular sparterie shape hat of long black horse hair. The shape has been lined with flesh coloured chiffon and then a double layer of flesh coloured net. Four rosebuds in shades of pink with green velvet leaves peep out from beneath the horse hair.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1953 (made)


Mirman, Simone, born 1912 - died 2008 (milliners)

Materials and Techniques

Horsehair and chiffon

Marks and inscriptions

'Simone Mirman'
Printed in black on white petersham ribbon label

Object history note

Worn by Mrs. Doris Langley Moore, foundress of the Musuem of Costume in Bath.

Descriptive line

Horsehair and coolie-style hat, London, ca. 1953

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

de la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. V&A Publications, London, England, 1997, p. 141.

Labels and date

With typical aplomb, Simone Mirman scattered diminutive rosebuds over a coolie-style summer hat. In 1953 the nation celebrated Coronation year, and the millinery trade enjoyed an upsurge in business and profits. [1997]
[group label]


Hats were regarded as the finishing touch to an outfit. A wide choice was available, from large picture hats to tiny, feathered creations that perched on the head, secured only with a hat pin. [34 words]

1. Yellow and black feathers
Paulette (Paulette Marchand, 1900-84)
Worn by Mrs Opal Holt, and given by Mrs D.M. Haynes and Mrs M. Clark
V&A: T.151-1982

2. Horsehair hat trimmed with fabric rosebuds
Simone Mirman
Worn by Doris Langley Moore
V&A: T.113-1980

3. Pink velvet
Aage Thaarup (1906-87)
Given by Mrs Blair Cook
V&A: T.255-1985

4. Black ostrich feather
Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972)
About 1955
Given by Mrs Loel Guinness
V&A: T.60-1974

4. Yellow straw
Jacques Heim (1899-1967)
Given by Mrs Vivienne Lawrie
V&A: T.370-1996 [22/09/2007]


Horsehair; Artificial flowers




Hats & headwear; Accessories; Fashion; Clothing; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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