This rich, soft black velvet ruched hat features a band of black satin near the top that holds a rhinestone circlet with a black tassel in its center.
There's no lining, the edge is simply turned, there’s no petersham or grosgrain ribbon band.
The label is Evelyn Varon Exclusive. It is in immaculate condition.
This hat shape is sometimes referred to as a flowerpot or pagoda; it reminds me of a full gathered Southern Belle ballgown skirt! Estimated late 1950s to early 1960s vintage.
23” around the lower edge
4” across the top circle of velvet
1 ¾” depth of the uppermost section of crown
4” from that upper section to the hem. Ruched/gathered tacked.
Fringe of the tassel is about 3.5” long
Pristine. Excellent. Exquisite!
Includes a label for Union Made AN 928263 in U.S.A 6...can’t make out the union logo wording
About the designer:
Evelyn, a French milliner, started making hats in the very early 2oth century. She was very creative, her variations on common hat types were always unique. She was already well established by the 1920's as a major force in millinery, her designs were so popular that they were copied in the USA. A March 11th, 1914 issue of The Evening Post reports that a store was offering copies of hats designed by Parisian milliners Suzanne Talbot, Evelyn Varon, Jeanne Duc, Caroline Reboux and Paul Poiret. The copies that were priced the highest were both of copies of Evelyn Varon designs.
She also designed costumes for the 1922 Broadway play "Pins and Needles."
We are a member of The VFG, The Vintage Fashion Guild.