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Hat

ca. 1950 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Beret shaped decorative straw hat. Made from a very glossy golden straw, the decoration consists of leaves and berries. Mounted on to a wired base with a crown of netted straw. The head band of white corded silk ribbon trimmed with a dull yellow ribbon. There is a brown bead elastic strap and at the centre back is a rectangular woven label in black and white silk:
BALENCIAGA
10, Avenue George V
PARIS
read Introducing Cristóbal Balenciaga Famed for his exquisite craftmanship and innovative designs, Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga was known as 'The Master' of haute couture. An inspiration to those who follow in his footsteps, his work continues to shape fashion today.
object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Straw, silk, elastic
Brief Description
Beret shaped hat, Balenciaga, Paris, ca. 1950.
Physical Description
Beret shaped decorative straw hat. Made from a very glossy golden straw, the decoration consists of leaves and berries. Mounted on to a wired base with a crown of netted straw. The head band of white corded silk ribbon trimmed with a dull yellow ribbon. There is a brown bead elastic strap and at the centre back is a rectangular woven label in black and white silk:

BALENCIAGA

10, Avenue George V

PARIS
Marks and Inscriptions
BALENCIAGA 10, Avenue George V Paris (On maker's label at inner, centre back.)
Gallery Label
‘Balenciaga’s hats are an integral part of his fashion,’ reported the French fashion review Jardin des modes in 1961. They ensure ‘that volumes are balanced and the silhouette is perfectly finished off.’ Fairly conventional ensembles were often paired with a striking hat which lifted the whole look and made it appear more avant-garde. The client could buy the whole ensemble or leave the hat if it was too daring. The designs for hats were as fiercely protected as those for dresses. The police commissioner stamped the official sketches of the hats to protect them from being copied. Hat with straw leaves Silk and straw Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, about 1950 Given by Miss Catherine Hunt V&A: T.115-1970(12/05/2017)
Credit line
Given by Miss Catherine Hunt
Object history
Worn by Martita Hunt, the British actor. Martita Hunt (1900-1969) was a British theatre and film actor, best known for her 1946 performance as Miss Havisham in David Lean's film version of 'Great Expectations'.
Collection
Accession Number
T.115-1970

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record createdFebruary 14, 2005
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