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 Decade: 1950-1959
 Collection: Texas Fashion Collection
Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955/1960
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Hatlet of black plastic tubing. The low crown is made of a tight spiral of twisted black plastic tubing with four open areas near the edge. The front edge of the crown extends to form 4 points, each of which is surmounted by a "bow" of similar shiny black tubing tying together pairs of shiny black plastic ovals. The back edge of the crown extends to form two semi-circular lobes. Overlaying the crown, but beneath the "bows" is black netting veil, with small pieces of black tubing worked into some of the intersections at front of hat. The inside of the crown is lined with black mesh. Two plastic combs, one to each side, are inside crown of hat to secure it to wearer's head. Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago" Gift of Mrs. Philip Rosenblum, through the Chicago Historical Society.
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Sculptural hatlet of white beads and floral plaques. The hatlet is formed of a 4 cm. wide strip of stiffened mesh that curves around the head and forms a modified figure 8, with an additional extending loop. The surface of the mesh is covered in circular plastic (?) plaques 3.5 cm. in diameter cast with a floral relief pattern. The space between the plaques and on the edges of the hatlet are covered in tiny white spherical beads. Inner side of the hatlet is lined in stiff white mesh and edged in a thin strip of off-white velvet, and has a section with a wider, larger velvet lining. Possibly a wedding headpiece. Designer's label inside hatlet: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Gift of Mrs. William O. Hunt, of Finders Keepers, Chicago, Illinois
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Hatlet/circlet of gray mink. Headpiece is formed of a long segment of mink backed with a dark/dusty mauve which forms a circle and extends to side and down. Remains of matching gray veiling along inner edge. Remains of two short spans of elastic on underside which would have held combs to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's Label: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Gift of H.B. Curry, Jr., through his daughter Nancy C. Bavor.
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Hat

Hat

Date: 1955/1959
Creator: Cedar Crest
Description: Hat of natural straw. The high, cylindrical crown is slightly domed, and is encircled by two wide bands of pale yellow grosgrain ribbon. The brim is off-center, wider at front, and turns up sharply at edge. The brim is edged with same ribbon as encircles the crown. The hat is unlined, with a band of pale yellow grosgrain ribbon inside base of crown as inner hatband. Maker's label sewn to inner hatband: "Cedar Crest / Original"
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Hat

Hat

Date: 1955/1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Hat of off-white straw. The domed crown is composed of flattened tiers to form a beret-like layer effect. The lower edge is trimmed in an off-white fabric, which repeats as a band of tubular ribbon and fan-comb at one side. The crown is unlined, with an inner hatband of off-white grosgrain ribbon. Two small plastic combs are attached to the inner hatband to secure the hat to wearer's head.
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955
Creator: Green-Field, Benjamin B.
Description: Hatlet of stiffened black velvet embroidered floral/foliate appliques. Roughly triangular, the appliques have net openwork areas and beaded stamens for the blossoms, and are covered with black veiling. Inside the crown, there are two small brown plastic combs on right and left side to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label inside crown: "Bes-Ben / Made in Chicago". Gift of H.B. Curry, Jr., through his daughter Nancy C. Bavor.
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Headpiece

Headpiece

Date: 1955~
Creator: unknown
Description: Headpiece, possibly for a wedding. The headpiece is formed as a "butterfly" shaped wired under-structure covered with white velvet, curved to fit the wearer across the top of the head from ear to ear. The "wings" of the butterfly are covered with a wide white mesh, and on each side is a large artificial flower of white taffeta and white velvet, with green velvet leaves with rhinestones. Some remains of beige veiling. No labels or tags.
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955~
Creator: unknown
Description: Hatlet of black velvet/velour. Constructed as a shallow domed crown, extends out in a sweeping curve at side which curls up around temple, the hatlet is self-lined. No labels.
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Picture Hat

Picture Hat

Date: 1955~
Creator: unknown
Description: Picture hat of black ribbon straw. The shallow, domed crown is surrounded by the wide, flat brim, which is edged with black velvet ribbon where edge turns down. The crown is lined in a stiffened black mesh, while the brim is lined in a fine woven black straw. The hat has an inner black grosgrain ribbon hatband. Retailer's label: "Neiman-Marcus / Salon" Size label: "22"
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1950/1959
Creator: Amy
Description: Hatlet of deep red satin. The close, curved crown is formed as a band that is worn across the wearer's head from ear to ear. The band is edged with a wide band of narrow pleated deep red satin, with ends that extend beyond the crown, forming crossed ends at sides. Lined in the same deep red satin, and with a deep red grosgrain ribbon inner hatband. Designer's label: "Amy New York"
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Headband

Headband

Date: 1955~
Creator: unknown
Description: Headband of navy blue net. The headband is formed as a wide, long rectangle of navy blue mesh which is worn across head, on forehead and low at back, tied with dark navy blue velvet ribbon ties. No labels.
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Picture Hat

Picture Hat

Date: 1955~
Creator: unknown
Description: Picture hat of black straw. Domed crown with uneven top, encircled at base of crown with black velvet 1/2" wide ribbon with trailing ends. Circular brim is set off-center so that it is deeper at front (7") than back (4 1/2", and curves downwards. Unlined, with inner black grosgrain ribbon hatband. Only label in hat is size label: "Medium". Accompanied by a simple short hatpin with black head.
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Calotte

Calotte

Date: 1955~
Creator: Marcelle
Description: Calotte of black satin. The calotte (also spelled "calot"), is created on a base of stiffened black mesh. The low, somewhat domed crown is formed by tucked and draped satin. The hat is unlined, and has a small comb attached to the inside edge to help secure it to wearer's head. Designer's label: "Original Model / Marcelle / New York"
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Hat

Hat

Date: 1955~
Creator: unknown
Description: Hat of navy blue fur felt. The low crown is domed, with steep sides at sides and back, while the front has a shallow slope extending out to become a slight brim/visor. The hat is unlined, with a dark blue grosgrain ribbon inner hatband. Retailer's label: "Neiman-Marcus" Stamped inside felt crown: "French Importation" "Ghazelle" Size label: "21 1/2"
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Calotte

Calotte

Date: 1953
Creator: Orcel, Gilbert
Description: Calotte of beige fabric, heavily beaded. The calotte (also spelled "calot") is constructed with a low, domed crown of stiffened net and beige fabric, with areas that extend down at sides and back. The whole is covered with clear sequins, yellow rhinestones, bugle beads, small metal strips, etc. The hat has an inner peach/beige grosgrain ribbon hatband, and four small metal loops sewn in to use to attach to wearer's head with bobby pins. Designer's label: "Gilbert Orcel / 5 Rue de Cirque Paris (8º)"
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Turban

Turban

Date: 1950/1959
Creator: Mr. Stanley
Description: Turban style hat of pale pink velvet with braided pink velvet around edge. Two iridescent rhinestone and faceted jewel pins trim front. Lined in pink net. Two combs at sides for securing hat to wearer's head. Maker's label on inside back of hat: "An Original / Mr. Stanley / New York"
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Hat

Hat

Date: 1955/1959
Creator: unknown
Description: Hat of bright yellow straw in mushroom style. 1" crown and 5" brim (turned down). Yellow, white silk flowers and green leaves as trim around crown. Wire hair clips underneath. Unlined with yellow grosgrain ribbon inner headband. Tag on inner headband: "Adjustable"
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Calotte

Calotte

Date: 1955~
Creator: Belasco, Martin
Description: Calotte of green velvet and feathers. Styled as a calotte (also spelled "calot"), the shaped cap has a stiff woven tan straw under-structure, and is covered with green velvet, over which is layered turquoise and teal feathers, and clusters of green velvet buds/berries and leaves. The hat is unlined, allowing the under-structure to be seen, and has a green grosgrain ribbon inner hatband. At sides are two small combs to secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label: "Martin Belasco / New York"
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Cap

Cap

Date: 1955~
Creator: unknown
Description: Cap of dark navy blue velvet. Designed with a domed crown which slopes out to front to form a visor/brim, and extends down slightly further in back than front. Lined in dark blue satin, and with an inner hatband of dark blue velvet. Retailer's stamp on hatband, partly illegible: "Neiman Marcus Co. / New York Dallas " Size label: "ADJ."
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Hat

Hat

Date: 1955~
Creator: Ranél
Description: Hat of black velour. The crown has a shallow cone at top, a slight protruding upper edge, and cylindrical sides. At the point of the crown is a cord button and band which extendst over left side and ends in a gilt metal pendant ornament. Hat is unlined, and has a black grosgrain ribbon inner hatband. Designer's label: "Ranél Original" Stamped label of felt maker: "Opera / Imported / Velour / Made in Italy"
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Hat

Hat

Date: 1950~
Creator: Lecie
Description: Hat of hot pink felt and artificial flowers. The low, cylindrical crown has a very shallow conical top, and a very narrow band of same felt around base, which ties at bow at back. The shallow brim, of the same felt, is slightly "wavy" at outer edge, and turns down slightly. Around the base of the crown, extending almost to, and in some cases past, the edge of the brim is a wreath of artificial flowers, pink roses, green and pink buds, etc., with green net veiling. Wreath covers front and sides of hat, leaving back uncovered. Hat is unlined, with a coral pink inner hatband of grosgrain ribbon. Designer's label: "Lecie / Original" Size label: "22"
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Hatlet

Hatlet

Date: 1955~
Creator: Lee, Suzy
Description: Hatlet of brown felt. Low domed crown of the hat is encircled by a wreath of artificial velvet roses and brown ostrich feathers, overlaid with brown net veiling. The hat is unlined, with inner brown grosgrain ribbon hatband, and black cord to help secure hat to wearer's head. Designer's label: "Suzy Lee / Made in / California"
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Skirt Suit

Skirt Suit

Date: 1950
Creator: Adrian, Gilbert
Description: Navy blue two-piece skirt suit of wool consisting of: A. Fitted jacket with Peter Pan collar. Tab at top of jacket under neck extends two inches past center and buttons on left side with two round buttons. Jacket center opening has one hook at center and one button at waist. Full-length sleeves made in one piece with jacket front and back. Gusset under arm for ease of movement. Right sleeve is decorated with blue and grey stripe pattern which extends up sleeve and across onto tab. Vertical stripe starts from back waist and runs down front, forming plaid at shoulder and is gathered into a narrow band at waist. Stripe continues to hem of jacket and has fold of striped fabric coming from under band to form scarf-like effect. Back is made in 6 sections with plaid design at shoulder and stripes running horizontally and vertically and ending before the absolute center. Band at waist is continued on back right, but does not reach jacket center. Inside lined with blue silk. Designer's label at center back inside neck: "Adrian / Original" Retailer's label along left inside flap of opening: "The Fashion / Ben Wolfman Inc. / Houston" Label for original ...
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Pillbox Hat

Pillbox Hat

Date: 1955~
Creator: Dolly Madison
Description: Pillbox hat of red felt. The cylindrical crown is flat at top, and encircled by matching material gathered and scrunched to create horizontal wrinkles around the crown. Set off to front right side is rosette/spiral of red feather. Lined in a silvery/gold and black fabric, and with a red grosgrain inner hatband. Maker's label inside: "Dolly Madison"
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