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1963 (made)
Place of origin

Hat of woven green straw trimmed with a pin that has a bobble on each end. It is unlined and has a hatband with a grosgrain back and green velvet front.

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Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Woven straw, grosgrain, velvet
Brief description
Hat of woven straw, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, Spring / Summer 1963
Physical description
Hat of woven green straw trimmed with a pin that has a bobble on each end. It is unlined and has a hatband with a grosgrain back and green velvet front.
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. Green Straw Hat Bali buntal straw Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris,1963 Bequeathed by Mrs Fern Bedaux V&A: T.755-1972(12/05/2017)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mrs Fern Bedaux
Historical context
This object is part of the collection of Mrs Fern Bedaux, given to the museum by Miss E Hanley, the heiress and niece of Mrs Bedaux. Mrs Bedaux purchased her whole wardrobe regularly from Balenciaga and the collection was very large; some was kept by Miss Hanley, some send to the Costume Museum in Bath; and some was received by the V&A.

Mrs Bedaux was the very wealthy widow of American millionaire office systems pioneer Charles Bedaux. Mr and Mrs Bedaux lived in the sixteenth century Chateau de Cand in France. The Duke of Windsor was married there after his abdication as King Edward VIII in 1936.
Bibliographic reference
Hommage à Balenciaga. Lyon : Musée Historique des Tissus, 1985
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Record createdFebruary 14, 2005
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