Flower-laden vintage 1960s synthetic horsehair and net wide-brim cloche channels the “transparent” picture hats of the late teens and early 1920s.
Homemade of materials common in 1960s millinery, the hat was likely concocted as part of a costume. It features an unstructured tan net crown lined in fucshia tulle, and a watermelon pink brim of synthetic horsehair braid.
A millinery garden rings the crown: Curly little peach velvet petals in back, and elsewhere, bright orange or sage velvet buds, large pink or pale orange silk petals, and two blowsy purple chiffon blooms. A floral chain of embroidered pink and white flowers rings the base of the crown, where a headsize ribbon would typically go.
Photo #8 shows the sort of hats (from the 1924 Sears spring/summer catalog) this one was likely meant to evoke.
With a crown depth of 6”, it measures 23” inner circumference at the base of the crown, 13” from side to side, and 11.5” from front to back.
Good condition, bright and clean, but rather slapdash in its construction, with the quick basting stitches used to tack on the flowers and roll the brim in front visible or loose in places (photo #7). In addition, a 2.5” section of the “headsize ribbon” is discolored (photo #6). Nonethless, the hat displays prettily and would make a unique choice for a garden party this spring or summer!
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