You guys are aware by now that I love a good accessory, be it a scarf, a hat, jewelry, or shoes! I have already done a series of posts on hair combs and hair comb designers, and now I am moving onto hats! We begin today by admiring the work of designer Lilly Daché.
Born in France, young Lilly Daché apprenticed under famous milliners Caroline Reboux and Suzanne Talbot in Paris before moving to the US. In New York she first found work in Macy's millinery department, then in a stand alone millinery shop. She saved her pennies and ended up buying out the store with another co-worker. Finally her own boss, she started making even more fabulous hats and became famous for her turban styles. She went onto become the most successful and famous milliner in the US, designing for the average women as well as many fabulous film stars!
Daché, who had married Jean Despres an executive at Coty in 1931, retired and closed up her shop in 1968. By then hats were declining in popularity and Daché was seventy years old! Today she is remembered for her savvy business acumen as well as her beautiful hats!
|1937, Straw, FIT|
|1945, Wool felt, foil wrapped yarn, silk net, LACMA|
I am always falling for anything with gold bullion embroidery, I have actually tried doing embroidery like this once, perhaps I'll make you guys a tutorial sometime :)
|1940's, wool, plastic, glass, MET|
|1931, silk velvet, paste stones, LACMA|
|1940's, Straw, silk, MET|
|1960, Silk, MET|
These colors together are divine!
|A crazy camel cigarette add with Lilly Dache! Just goes to show how much of a celebrity she was, and also how crazy acceptable/encouraged smoking once was!|
|Worried hats would go out of fashion, Dache also created hair nets and snoods!|
|1948, straw, silk, feather, MET|
|Lily Dache hat & Verdura jewels, 1950 - photo by Erwin Blumenfeld|
What an ensemble right? Rich red and a gorgeous shining clip hat, to-die-for!
|1950, wool, silk, MET|
|1944, straw net, velvet ribbon, cotton, LACMA|
This one is a favorite of mine, I just love crescent shaped clip hats and silk flowers, so together I get major hat envy!
|1948, silk, straw, net, LACMA|
I really like this tilt-tastic style, I want one!