1950's Hattie Carnegie hat. Fabric is a kelly green set on a stiff net base. Dome shaped with a slanting top stitched band over the crown with a center bow. Styled to sit low on the head much like a cloche.
Interior is finished with the standard petersham ribbon.
Lovely condition showing no wear or age.
Inner circumference is 21 1/2 inches.
Tagged Hattie Carnegie Original and a store label of Florence Wilson, Norfolk, Virginia Beach.
The information below is provided courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource.
Hattie Carnegie (1889-1956) is very often associated with elegance and high fashion, and even her ready-to-wear and more casual clothing always had a touch of the elegant. Carnegie’s fashion philosophy is often summed up as the woman should wear the clothes, not the clothes wear the woman. In the beginning of her career she worked at various millinery establishments, and at Macy’s. But in 1909 she, along with friend Rose Roth, opened her own business, a tiny hat shop called “Carnegie – Ladies’ Hatter.” In 1919 Hattie bought Rose Roth’s share of the business, and Hattie Carnegie, Inc. was born. Until 1928, all the dresses at Hattie Carnegie were made to order, but in that year she started her first ready-to-wear line with Norman Norell as the designer. By this time, Hattie’s business had grown to be the size of a small department store. By the 1940s Carnegie’s store was actually a department store. There was a handbag shop, where a customer could order a bag to match an outfit or hat, the fur salon which was next to the Custom Salon, a millinery shop and a ready-to-wear hat shop, her jewelry department, an antique shop that sold furniture, china and glass, a cosmetic and perfumes department, the Jeune Fille shop which sold Spectator Sports and ready-to-wear from other design houses. Hattie Carnegie died in 1956 but her label continued until 1976 when the business closed.
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