Sometimes you stumble upon something that is really not your thing, but is simply too great to pass up. In this case, I spotted this hat in an antique mall, and just knew it was going to have a fancy label attached. I was also braced for a fancy price tag.
I was right on one count, but luckily, wrong on the other. I paid $12 for this Dior explosion of flowers. So, like I said, it was way too wonderful to not pick up if only to display in my office so I can be reminded that there was a time when a woman would wear this much whimsy on her head.
I hope you can tell that the curls are actually feathers that are backed with organza. The lily-of-the-valley flowers are in white and pink. It is all mounted on a mesh cap.
I was hoping to find a similar Dior hat in my early 1960s Vogue and L’Officiel magazines, but the closest I came was this hat by designer Michel Goma, in a 1963 ad.
The hat fits rather like a wig, and was designed to accommodate the beehive hairdos of the era.
If you want to see it in the round, I posted a vine on twitter. I think I need a tripod for my phone!