Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Over the long weekend, my family and I went to see Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. An exhibition of hats! Just hats in all their pleated, feathered, woven, silken, sequined, and sculptural glory. There were around 250 of these creations and naturally I had a great time picturing them all on my head. Here are a handful of my favorites from the V&A collection, which sponsored the exhibition.

Above, from left to right: Ladies hat by Paulette (c. 1960); Goose feather hat by Phillip Treacy (1995); Silk and plastic hat by Hubert de Givenchy (1960s); Plush velvet with silk satin and feathers hat by Stephen Jones (1982); Kiss of Death bonnet by Jo Bennet (1994); Wedding bonnet by unknown (1870-75); Cloche by Miss Fox (1928-29); Plaited raffia and silk hat by Madame Suzy (c. 1937-1939); Suede and monal pheasant feather hat by Caroline Reboux (1946); Straw hat by Aage Thaarup (mid 1960s).

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