August 4, 2015

Hat Histories: Madame Suzy

Hat by Madame Suzy, c. 1944, Goldstein Museum of Design
It has been a while since the last hat histories! Sorry about that, there are plenty of milliners to talk about! Today we admire the hats of designer Madame Suzy!

After training as a millinery under Suzanne Talbot for 15 years and later working with Maria Guy, Madame Suzy opened up her own shop on the rue de la Paix in Paris. Setting up shop sometime in the late teens or early 1920's, Madame Suzy's clients included royalty like Marina Duchess of Kent and the Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson. Popular for her fashionable hats, Madame Suzy also launched several perfumes in the 1940's. Sadly the firm closed in the 1950's. Still we can admire the beautiful hats that remain in museum collection!

1932, MET
 This hat is adorable! Slate blue velvet with iridescent feathers! I do feel bad for the poor bird though!

1937-1939, V&A

 I love this hat! The multicolored straw! The beautiful handmade flowers! My goodness, I want one! (in every color)

1939, MET
Late 1930's, MET
 Another hat I would wear in a heart beat! The perfect summer hat

Late 1940's, MET
1938, MET
 Could this hat be any more glamorous? So girly with the pink ribbons, and the sheer brim! Gorgeous!

1938, MET
 I love the scalloped tip of this hat with the fun stitching, I wonder how hard it would be to make something like this for myself

1939, MET
1937, MET
 One of those items in red and green that is somewhere not at all Christmas looking! I love this hat!

1930's, MET
1939, MET
 AMAZING! Seriously, the colors and the amazing veiling are perfection!

1940, MET
Late 1930's, MET
Totally swoon worthy right? I wish there were still millinery sections in department stores these days, can you imagine the joy of trying on hats all afternoon? We need to bring hats back people, help me out okay? Ask your doctor if hats are right for you, wear a hat today!


  1. Love the top one, and the one with the sheer brim. Also the tomato red felt hat is simple, yet lovely :)

  2. That red and white straw! Holy crap!

  3. One of my favourite things about Madame Suzy's work is that it never shied away from being unabashedly feminine. Something that rings true in my own wardrobe and that I admire in general so very, very much.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. I agree, I never feel a need to shy away from femininity!

  4. Wonderful post - thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Oh that one with the coloured velvet ribbon and the veiling. Now that is a hat!


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