Vibrantly colored vintage mid-1960s turban from Christian Dior Chapeaux features sections of dyed feathers topped with a “stripe” of velvet ribbon. The artful placement of the half-moon shaped sections on the draped green tulle creates a faux “braided” effect, and a (flexible) green net dome gives structure to the hat from underneath.
The feather sections are either magenta, orange-brown, or light or dark green, and the ribbon colors are pink, magenta, sage, orange, yellow, and crimson.
Measuring 23.5” around inside the base, the hat stands 6” high at the front center. Label reads: “Christian Dior Chapeaux, Paris-New York”, and a cloth museum inventory tag is present as well.
Colorful and exotic turbans came into vogue in the mid-1960s along with fashions inspired by India and the Far East. Marc Bohan, the designer for Dior in the sixties, showed “Oriental” fashions worn with turbans in his particularly well-received spring 1965 haute couture collection, with one New York Times article calling it “the best work he ha[d] ever done” and another calling the turban the “newest” hat of 1965.
Extravagant turbans continued to appear in Bohan’s collections for Dior into the late 60s, and consequently to be adapted by the company’s international licensees. (The hat being offered here was likely manufactured in New York by the Robin Hat Company, which produced Dior’s millinery for the US market in the mid-1960s).
Excellent condition, with no flaws to note.
NOTE: Please see my other listings for a second 1960s Dior turban with the “Made in France” label that would have been part of the Paris collections.
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