Hat

Description:

Picture hat of natural woven Milan straw, forming a wide shaped brim that curves downwards to the edges. Brim is rounded in front, flaring out slightly to back and forming two projecting lobes at back. Around brim is a band of woven straw for strength. Very low cylindrical crown, slightly domed. Around crown is twisted gold velvet band forming bow with trailing ribbons at back. Inside base of crown is off-white grosgrain ribbon band. Hatpin with green faceted rhinestone head.

Sewn into inner ribbon band is label: "John Fredericks Inc. / New York", "Made In America". Label has three rhinestones sewn to it, and has two small green ribbon bows at opposing corners.

Creator(s): Mr. John
Location(s): United States - New York - New York City
Creation Date: [1960..1969]
Partner(s):
UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Collection(s):
Texas Fashion Collection
Usage:
Total Uses: 2
Past 30 days: 2
Yesterday: 0
Creator (Designer):
Mr. John

Mr. John (b. Munich, Germany, ca. 1902 as John Harberger, changed name ca. 1929 to John Frederics, changed name again ca. 1948 to John P. John, d. New York, New York, USA, 1993)

Date(s):
  • Creation: [1960..1969]
Coverage:
Place
United States - New York - New York City
Date
[1960..1969]
Description:

Picture hat of natural woven Milan straw, forming a wide shaped brim that curves downwards to the edges. Brim is rounded in front, flaring out slightly to back and forming two projecting lobes at back. Around brim is a band of woven straw for strength. Very low cylindrical crown, slightly domed. Around crown is twisted gold velvet band forming bow with trailing ribbons at back. Inside base of crown is off-white grosgrain ribbon band. Hatpin with green faceted rhinestone head.

Sewn into inner ribbon band is label: "John Fredericks Inc. / New York", "Made In America". Label has three rhinestones sewn to it, and has two small green ribbon bows at opposing corners.

Note:

Many of the facts of Mr. John's early life are hard to verify because he constantly told different stories, changing both the date and the place of his birth. He was born either March 13th or 14th, probably in 1902, somewhere in Germany to Rose and Henry Harberger and moved to this country as a child with his parents, who settled in New Rochelle, N.Y. His mother, under the name Madame Laurel, ran a millinery shop in Manhattan where he worked briefly before forming a partnership in 1928 with Frederic Hirst to make hats under the John-Frederics label. Complaining that people kept spelling his name Hamburger, he changed it legally to John Frederics. After breaking up with Mr. Hirst in 1948, he opened the Mr. John salon in a town house at 53 East 57th Street and changed his name again to John P. John. He was soon designing accessories, women's clothing and furs, but was still best known for his hats.

Physical Description:

Measurements: 39 cm. front to back; 45 cm. at widest, along back; 19 cm. from lowest point of brim when suspended to top of crown.

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Contributor(s):
Added Title: Picture Hat
Partner:
UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Collection:
Texas Fashion Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: 1976.012.001
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc277152
Resource Type: Physical Object
Format: Image
Rights:
Statement: All Texas Fashion Collection content and images are copyrighted.