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Hat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1818-1823 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, silk thread, paper, cotton, wire; hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Henry Curtis

  • Museum number:

    T.261-1926

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA2

Early 19th-century etiquette required a lady’s head to be covered at all times, even with evening dress. A cap such as this one, gathered and full to suggest the shape of a turban, was popular for evening wear about 1820. The Romantic movement created an interest in the dress of non-European countries, particularly North Africa and the Middle East. Decorative motifs and accessories were borrowed to make current fashions more ‘exotic’. Although knowledge of the proper proportions and construction of a turban was not available to British milliners, the overall shape was approximated for the most fashionable headwear.

Physical description

A full cap of white satin gathered into a headband in imitation of a turban. The crown is inset with white net embroidered in circles with white silk thread. The headband is of white satin with three horizontal tucks and edged with white silk plush. Trimmed on one side with artificial flowers made of wired green paper leaves and white muslin rosebuds

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1818-1823 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, silk thread, paper, cotton, wire; hand-sewn

Dimensions

Depth: 27.0 cm approx., Width: 25.0 cm approx., Height: 16.0 cm approx.

Materials

Silk; Silk thread; Paper; Muslin; Wire

Techniques

Hand sewn

Categories

Clothing; Hats & headwear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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