Sensational summer hat from Lilly Dache. Very cute and perky.
Approx. Hat Size: 20" (51 cm); Outside Diameter: 9" (23 cm); Height of Crown 7" (17.5 cm)
Condition: Very Good
Mark/Label: Lilly Dache Debs
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Lovely tall breton hat in black and white color block straw. Original hat pin on top. Shiny woven straw with patent leather trimmed grosgrain band and rear bow. Satin lining and grosgrain ribbon inside band. Breton style which means a rounded or flat-crowned hat with a brim that turns up around the edges, originally worn by peasants in Brittany, a region in France.
(1904 - 1989) Born in France, Lilly Dache learned hat making working for Parisian milliners Suzanne Talbot, and Reboux before immigrating to the U.S. as a teenager. She moved to New York in 1924, with only $13, and took a job at the Bonnet Shop, a tiny New York milliner. Eventually Lilly and a co-worker bought the business. In 1937 Dache bought her own building at 18 East Fifth-Sixth Street. She was one of the most prominent milliners in the U.S. in the 1930s through 1950s, receiving several awards. She was known for creating the "profile hat," the "half hat," the "snood" and a visored cap for women workers during World War II, and a "stand up" beret. In 1938, one of her hats -- a turban with a complexion veil (tinted green across the eyes, rose across the cheeks) -- was sealed in a time capsule at the New York World's Fair, to be opened in 6938. Lilly designed the iconic towering fruit turban headdress for Carmen Miranda, worn in That Night in Rio (1941). In her heyday, her business occupied seven stories of a ten story building. There were two fitting rooms for celebrities, one in silver for brunettes, one in gold for blondes. Her fitting room on the wholesale floor had "walls padded in tufted pink satin". She moved in high society and always wore one of her own hats when she went out. In 1946 her autobiography, Talking Through My Hats became a bestseller. In 1958, she discovered Halston in Chicago and brought him to New York. When she closed her business in 1968, Loretta Young bought her last 30 hats. After retiring she licensed use of her name. She died in 1989. Labels: Lilly Dache, Lilly Dache Debs, Lilly's Dillys, Dachettes (introduced in 1950s), Mademoiselle Lilly (introduced in 1950s), Young Modes (for young women). The trademark office also shows Drifting, Dashing, Lillymatic, and Dachelle as marks owned by Dache. There are at least 37 examples of Dache's hats in the hat collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including a doll hat circa 1939-40, a beaded, appliqued beret/toque from the 1940s, a straw and velvet sculpted toque with quill circa 1948, a draped toque with feathers, circa 1949. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has 12 Daches in its collection, including: an all-over flower half hat circa 1947, a variation on a jockey hat trimmed with flowers and bows circa 1947, a wide brim made of horsehair and burnt ostrich feathers circa 1955, a red taffeta open top pillbox with a red bow and pink silk rose circa 1957, an avant garde spiral toque from the 1950s.*
Striking beret in pale yellow straw by legendary milliner Frank Olive
Approx. Hat Size: 20.5" (52 cm); Outside Diameter: 11" (28 cm); Height of Crown 4" (10 cm)
Condition: Very Good, like new.
Mark/Label: Frank's Girl by Frank Olive
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Unique open lattice work with netting around the front of hat. Very flat top and angled similar to an artist's beret.
*Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1929, Frank Olive studied at the Chicago Art Institute, where he started designing costumes. He moved to New York originally hoping to design for the theater. He worked for a while at Chanda and Emme before opening his first boutique on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, where he designed hats for Seventh Avenue fashion houses and leading department stores. In 1971 he partnered with David Stein to establish Frank Olive's World. He was one of the foremost U.S. milliners from the 50s through 90s. His customers included Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and Peggy Lee. He died in New York in 1995 at age 66.
Mid Century Black Velvet Close Hat with Lacquered Quill Feather Approx. Hat Size: Fits Most. Outside Diameter: 8.5" (21.5 cm); Feather length: 11" (28 cm) Condition: Hat is is very good shape. Netting does have holes. Mark/Label: None Get it before it's gone
Luxurious black velvet close hat or beret with long black feather across the top. Black ribbon bow and two faux pearls complete this mid century look. Wear netting down or under hat. Hat perches on top of the head so it fits most. Beautiful cocktail hat.