This pretty pretty vintage 1960s Oleg Cassini hat is covered with a multitude of feathers including Guinea Hen and Cropped Coque feathers. Some of the Guinea Hen feathers are black with white spots and some are dark brown with light brown spots. The Coque feathers have a lovely iridescence that’s a wonderful addition to the mix of feathers. These Coque feathers are shaped like little fans with a black edge. There are little black satin rolled tendrils each having a Guinea Hen feather attached to it’s end. These appendages are randomly places amongst the other feathers that cover the rounded crown. These present a somewhat unique and whimsical element to this striking Oleg Cassini creation. At the bottom of the hat is a wide black velvet band that makes for a marvelous contrast to the feathers. The base for this hat is black wool felt and this can be seen when examining the inner hat which is unlined. There is a black inner grosgrain ribbon sweat band with a row of bright red rick rack attached to the sweat band. This seems to be a trademark for many of Oleg Cassini’s hats from this period as I have seen a number of them with this same detail.
In 1961, First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, asked Oleg Cassini to be her “exclusive couturier” and named him her “Secretary of Style”. This prestigious position gave Cassini the opportunity to create an elegant style and look for the new First Lady that to this day is associated with only her. Oleg Cassini was quoted as saying,
“I dressed Jackie to be a star in a major film, which she was, the most famous first lady of all time. I became her secretary of style.”
Cassini’s life was very interesting before he met Jacqueline Kennedy, as he was the son of a Count and Countess. He was the fashion designer to many of Hollywood’s most famous stars including Audrey Hepburn, Loretta Young, Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe, to name only a few. He was an accomplished tennis player as well as a professional harness racer. During WWII, he served in the United States Coast Guard and Army and earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant. And, he was noted for his Humanitarian work, as well.
In 2005, Cassini told Time magazine…..”My preoccupation is to make women look beautiful.” And, I would say that’s not a bad thing at all!!!
Condition: Very Good
There are no issues to note regarding the condition of this hat.
Label: Oleg Cassini
This hat was originally sold at La Vogue and has the store’s label attached to the inner hat beside the designer’s label. La Vogue was an upscale lady’s clothing store that was located in Newport News, Virginia.
Size: No Size is Present in the Hat
Height of Crown Taken at Front of Hat: 6”
Across the Top of Crown: Side to Side 6 1/2”, Front to Back 7”
Total Circumference of Inner Grosgrain Ribbon Sweat Band: 20 1/2”
This seller is a proud member of The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) and The Costume Society of America (CSA)