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Hat

1949 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Buckram picture hat, oyster shell shape, with black fine layered net with narrow circular rows of stitching. It has a small shallow crown with a wide brim at the front and sides and a narrow back, stiffened with two rows of wiring which is shaped into folds and curves. The base of the crown has a band which ties into a bow, with a spray of black osprey feathers, attached to the right side. Worn with two hat pins of steel approximately 3.75 inches long with a thistle shaped end of covered black net.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Hat Pin
  • Hat Pin
  • Hat
Materials and techniques
Buckram, net, stiffened with wire, steel and feathers
Brief description
Oyster shell-shaped buckram hat of fine layered net and osprey feathers, with two steel hat pins, made by Svend for Jacques Fath, Paris, 1949
Physical description
Buckram picture hat, oyster shell shape, with black fine layered net with narrow circular rows of stitching. It has a small shallow crown with a wide brim at the front and sides and a narrow back, stiffened with two rows of wiring which is shaped into folds and curves. The base of the crown has a band which ties into a bow, with a spray of black osprey feathers, attached to the right side. Worn with two hat pins of steel approximately 3.75 inches long with a thistle shaped end of covered black net.
Production typeHaute couture
Marks and inscriptions
'Jacques Fath / Paris' (Label, machine woven, brown and white)
Credit line
Given by Lady Alexandra Trevor-Roper
Object history
The hat pins are shaped like thistles, which could allude to Lady Alexandra's Scottish links, as per her first marriage to Rear Admiral Clarence Dinsmore Howard-Johnston. (She married Trevor-Roper in 1954). She is known to have commissioned Fath to create a dress in the Johnston tartan in 1949.
Historical context
Lady Alexandra Trevor-Roper favoured Fath for her wardrobe, and contributed the large portion of the V&A's Fath collection.
Subject depicted
Association
Collection
Accession number
T.188 to B-1974

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Record createdJanuary 12, 2006
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