1950s Valerie Modes Straw and Black Velvet "New Look" Hat

An unlikely combination of natural honey colored straw and black velvet makes for a very unique and attractive hat! The generous straw brim is topped off with a shallow rich black velvet crown. The braided straw bands sewn together to circle the lampshade style hat, give a very textured appearance. A narrow band of straw in a rick- rack pattern design encircles the lovely velvet crown. There is a wired black velvet cap or platform, which holds this style hat securely to the head. At the back of the hat at the base of the velvet crown, there is a velvet tab for added detail.

Condition: Very Good

The straw is in excellent condition....sturdy and strong. The velvet is not faded. The inner velvet wired edge of the cap has some very light wear....nothing of much consequence. The shape of the straw in the lampshade is just a bit askew.....just normal for the age of this hat. Please look at the photos of the way it looks on Vivian to see this slight issue. Otherwise, this hat is really in very good overall condition.

Label: Valerie Modes

Size: None Present


Width of Brim Measured at Front of Hat: 4 ½"

Width of Brim Measured at Back of Hat: 3 ½"

Total Circumference of Outer Brim: 32 ½"

Total Circumference of Inner Wired Platform Cap: 20 ½"

This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).

Item ID: 448

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Straw/Black, Size: 20 1/2"

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