Today it's time to look at another millinary master, Sally Victor. Born in Pennsylvania in 1905, she worked at Macy's millinery counter in New York city durring the 1920's before striking out on her own. Sound familiar? Apparently Macy's was the place to start for milliners! The Metropolitan Museum of Art says:
"She was one of the original members of the Edward C. Blum Design Laboratory, and often used the Brooklyn Museum's varied collections to draw inspiration for her designs. She was so connected with the Design Lab that she participated in several collaborative exhibitions and the museum often used her designs in publicity materials to exemplify how the Lab could benefit designers by providing inspiration. Her work is characterized by a special quirkiness that could often be traced back to interesting sources such as Native American tribes, the artist Henri Matisse or Japanese armor. She also combined traditional hat-making materials such as felt and silk with new synthetic materials in unique ways. According to her May 16, 1977 obituary in the "New York Times," Victor described her mission simply as "designing pretty hats that make women look prettier."
The Edward C. Blum Design Laboratory was incorporated into FIT in 1973, it seems the lab was part of the museums program to provide access to its collection to students and designers. It sounds like something I would be very interested in were I living in New York in the 40's!
Anyways, Sally Victor was one of the foremost milliners during the last heyday of hats from the late twenties to the early 1970's. I think her use of color and the "quirkiness" the MET described make for some timelessly wonderful hats, so lets take a look...
|Sally Victor at work|
Compiling this post, now I am feeling very inspired! I need to get hatting and make some fun toppers to wear this summer!