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Cocktail hat
  • Cocktail hat
    Mirman, Simone, born 1912 - died 2008
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Cocktail hat

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mirman, Simone, born 1912 - died 2008 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk twill, lace and beads

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Rosemary Pickering

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This beaded hat was created by the milliner Simone Mirman, who designed custom-made hats to co-ordinate with a specific dress or ensemble. She also offered a wide range of ready-to-wear evening and cocktail hats in various unusual shapes. These hats would have sat neatly upon the sleek hairstyles of fashionable women.

Scientific discoveries provided a rich source for inspiration for designers throughout the 1950s. Atoms and cell structures were used as the basis for patterns and original forms. The shape of this bejewelled silk cap seems inspired by the undulating shape of an amoeba, or single-cell animal.

Physical description

Clasp hat made of beige embroidered silk twill, lace and beads.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1950s (made)


Mirman, Simone, born 1912 - died 2008 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk twill, lace and beads

Descriptive line

Clasp cocktail hat of silk twill, lace and beads, made by Simone Mirman, London, 1950s

Labels and date

Small hats in amoeboid shapes sat neatly on the modish French pleats and short hairstyles of the 1950s. A wide range of these diminutive styles were available from Simone Mirman. She could also make a unique piece to complete an ensemble. [1997]


Silk twill; Beads; Silk (textile)


Bead-work; Lace


Hats & headwear; Accessories; Fashion; Women's clothes; Formal wear; Embroidery

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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