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Hat and Gloves

1946 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This striking hat is constructed around a simple, unlined suede cap which fits close to the head and is joined down the centre back by an intricate zig zag seam. The brim of the hat is composed of iridescent monal pheasant feathers and sweeps from a peak at the centre of the forehead to a curved point at either side of the face. A small group of feathers stands vertically in a crest above the forehead.

The hat was donated with matching gloves and would have been worn for evening occasions. It was designed by the House of Reboux. From the 1870s until the 1930s the label of Caroline Reboux (1837-1927) dominated Parisian millinery fashions. Caroline Reboux began her career as a penniless but talented young milliner. Her work was discovered and promoted by the fashionable Princess Metternich and in turn attracted the custom of the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. In later years the House of Reboux was run by the milliner Lucienne Rabaté.

Reboux was known for her clean, simple style using fabrics such as satin, velvet and felt which were draped or cut with a minimum of added or fussy details. Feathers were a favourite embellishment. In the 1920s Reboux was highly regarded for her cloche style hats, which were often cut and formed on the client's head.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Hat
  • Glove
  • Glove
Materials and Techniques
Suede and Himalayan monal pheasant feathers (Lophophorus impejanus)
Brief Description
Suede pair of gloves and suede hat with monal pheasant feathers, designed by Lucienne Rabaté for Caroline Reboux, Paris, 1946.
Physical Description
Black suede cap and matching gloves, the hat trimmed with Himalayan monal pheasant feathers (Lophophorus impejanus).
Dimensions
  • Hat, dims when mounted. height: 400mm
  • Hat, dims when mounted. width: 180mm
  • Hat, dims when mounted. depth: 220mm
  • Gloves, dims when mounted. height: 310mm
  • Gloves, dims when mounted. width: 350mm
  • Gloves, dims when mounted. depth: 60mm
Production typeHaute couture
Credit line
Given by Lady Waverley
Object history
RF number is 1970/3752 part F/6.



Worn and given by Lady Waverley through Cecil Beaton.
Association
Summary
This striking hat is constructed around a simple, unlined suede cap which fits close to the head and is joined down the centre back by an intricate zig zag seam. The brim of the hat is composed of iridescent monal pheasant feathers and sweeps from a peak at the centre of the forehead to a curved point at either side of the face. A small group of feathers stands vertically in a crest above the forehead.



The hat was donated with matching gloves and would have been worn for evening occasions. It was designed by the House of Reboux. From the 1870s until the 1930s the label of Caroline Reboux (1837-1927) dominated Parisian millinery fashions. Caroline Reboux began her career as a penniless but talented young milliner. Her work was discovered and promoted by the fashionable Princess Metternich and in turn attracted the custom of the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. In later years the House of Reboux was run by the milliner Lucienne Rabaté.



Reboux was known for her clean, simple style using fabrics such as satin, velvet and felt which were draped or cut with a minimum of added or fussy details. Feathers were a favourite embellishment. In the 1920s Reboux was highly regarded for her cloche style hats, which were often cut and formed on the client's head.
Bibliographic References
  • Clark, Fiona: Hats: The Costume Accessories Series, (Batsford, London, 1982), colour plate 8
  • Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971419
Collection
Accession Number
T.384 to B-1974

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record createdAugust 28, 2007
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