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Vintage Hat of the Day – Lilly Daché

Lilly Daché, milliner de luxe, was born in France and presided over a New York-based fashion house which eventually included gloves, stockings, clothing, ties and perfumes. Lilly Daché was a power in the hat world from the early 1930s – with additional shops in Chicago and Miami Beach – to the closing of the business in 1968.  Her 1946 autobiography, Talking Through My Hats, and her 1956 The Glamour Book can be found on eBay and Amazon from time to time. She created hats for movie costumes and had a Hollywood following.  She was honored with the Coty American Fashion Award  in 1943 and a plaque on the New York Garment District’s Fashion Walk of Fame in 2002.  A second line of hats was created under the Dachettes label.  Most labels have the address at her East 56th Street building but the one in my red hat pictured here is at 485 Madison Avenue, an earlier location.  Lilly Daché and Dachettes hats and hat boxes are highly sought after by collectors.  This hat is made up of red petals with the texture of a pine cone.


May 10, 2010 at 5:00 am 1 comment

Vintage Hat of the Day

This bonnet is probably from 1880s (ish) and one of the oldest I own.   The rust velvet bow is wired with navy velvet swirls on top, rust colored trim,  is heavily beaded and some beads are in loops.  It also has paiettes (flat sequins) attached with beads. I purchased it at an antique mall in Galveston, TX in 1986 for $38. I wonder if it had ribbons that tied under the chin? I would love to know more about it.

April 21, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Vintage Hat of the Day

My collection of vintage hats is about 250 and this is one of my favorites.  From about 1910-1918 with a deep crown to fit over puffy hairstyles of the day.  Black beaver with detailed folded ribbon and beaded medallion.  Lined in cream colored fabric with a label reading “CB & Co -Our Mark- Made in the U.S.A.”  I got this one and a couple of others about 20 years ago from a lady in Washington DC who was downsizing her collection.  It is worn from time to time.  When wearing a vintage hat, avoid hair products and make up on the forehead area as they could stain.  Some collectors would not dream of wearing their vintage hats.  But I think the hats enjoy getting out of the hat box and seeing the light of day for a special event.  See more from my collection and share yours at 

April 15, 2010 at 6:00 am 1 comment


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