THOMAS HARRISON, Melbourne (millinery house)<br />
 Thomas HARRISON (designer)<br/>
<em>Hat</em> (1934-1939) <!-- (front view) --><br />

cotton, feathers, acetate<br />
90.0 cm (outer circumference) 22.0 cm (height) 28.0 cm (width)<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Gift of Thomas Harrison, 1976<br />
D265-1976<br />
© Courtesy of the artist's estate

THOMAS HARRISON, Melbourne Hat (1934-1939)

THOMAS HARRISON, Melbourne (millinery house)
 Thomas HARRISON (designer)

Thomas Harrison’s millinery career spanned more than forty years – a period which saw the heyday and decline of the hat as a key item in a women’s wardrobe. During the 1940s Harrison typically employed around twenty-three ‘girls’ in his workrooms. While young apprentices made hats and foundations, senior milliners were entrusted to execute delicate trimmings of veiling, ribbons or flowers.