Lilly Dache Leopard Print Hat

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Vintage leopard print in brown, cream and black. Black ribbon hatband and trim. Black silk lining. May be worn several different ways with brim down or turned up. Fun mod...

Vintage leopard print in brown, cream and black. Black ribbon hatband and trim. Black silk lining. May be worn several different ways with brim down or turned up. Fun mod 60s look and very stylish for winter wear. 

This is a small hat size to be sure to check.

Approx. Hat Size: 20"; Outside Diameter: 16"; Height of Crown 4"

Condition: Very Good

Mark/Label: Dachettes by Lilly Dachette

(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 Yorin 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" and a leopard skin divan. 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.*

 

     

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    *From The Hatatorium: An Essential Guide for Hat Collectors, 2nd Edition Copyright 2013, by Brenda Grantland & Mary Robak. The Hatatorium is the book on vintage hats for collectors, sellers and anyone else interested in hats. The ebook may be purchased here.

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    2. Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly. You are measuring your head exactly
    where the hat will sit in either inches or centimeters.

    3. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next largest size.


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