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Hat
(c. 1925)

Artist/s name
Medium
silk net, straw ribbon
Measurements
59.0 cm (outer circumference) 18.0 cm (height) 15.0 cm (width)
Place/s of Execution
(England)
Accession Number
D8-1975
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss Irene Mitchell, 1975
Gallery location
Not on display
About

This golden tape-lace Hat combines two head forms. The Russian kokoshnik merges with the shape of the turban. The crown-like headdress, which was introduced by Russian émigrés into Paris following the Bolshevik Revolution, gave its shape to the tiara of the 1920s and was often sewn onto turbans, toques and cloches of the period. In the 1920s, movie stars and celebrities wore the turban repeatedly. Pulled low over the forehead, turbans framed dark, heavily made-up eyes, enhancing the glamour and seductive appeal of movie stars such as Gloria Swanson and Pola Negri.

—text from Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion (Jan 1970)