1980s Black & White Felt Hat Adolfo II1980s Black & White Felt Hat Adolfo II1980s Black & White Felt Hat Adolfo II1980s Black & White Felt Hat Adolfo II1980s Black & White Felt Hat Adolfo II

A dramatic 80s high brim hat in black and and off-white by Adolfo II.

It measures 13" x 11" and the high upturned front brim measures 5".
Circumference is 21 1/2".

Condition: Very good - a few markings on the white portion of the hat.

A little info about the designer from the Vintage Fashion Guild.
Adolfo (Sardina) (b. 1933) began his career as a milliner. After an apprenticeship with Balenciaga as a teenager, he moved to New York in 1948 and became an apprentice milliner at Bergdorf Goodman. He worked as a designer for milliner Erik Braagaard in the early 1950s and in 1953 was named head designer at Emme, where he received two awards for his millinery designs—a Coty “young designer” award in 1955, and a Neiman Marcus award, shared with Emme, in 1959. As widely praised as his collections for Emme were, he felt he was not receiving due credit there (his name never appeared on the label) and left in February 1962. Later that year, he opened his own millinery house with a $10,000 loan from Bill Blass.

In 1963 he launched a bridge line, Adolfo Réalités, and a less expensive line, Adolfo II; though he designed the hats for these lines, unlike those for his custom label, they were produced by an outside company. Some of Adolfo’s hats during the early 1960s were designed to accompany the clothing of Norman Norell.

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1980s Black & White Felt Hat Adolfo II


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