Collection Online
The Opera house hat
velour felt
79.0 cm (outer circumference) 12.5 cm (height) 25.5 cm (width)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
label, stitched to inner crown, printed in ink on white polyester: TAMASINE DALE / Melbourne
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1996
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The black felt hat has a tall narrow crown encircled by a high upturned brim. The title refers to the tradition of men wearing a Top hat in a dull black fabric at the Opera. This hat however makes fun at this genre by distorting the classic shape of such a hat, and ignoring its sexual demarcation and its traditional function.