Monday, April 9, 2007

Lilly Daché

I'm in the midst of a self-imposed millinery boot camp that is running for another week, so posting will be light until then.

In the meantime, enjoy some images from Lilly Daché: Glamour at the Drop of a Hat, a small exhibit currently at The Museum at FIT. Lilly Daché's popularity during the millinery heydey of the thirties and forties was extensive--so much so that during a strike in the forties picketing workers displayed signs that read, "Please do not patronize Lilly Daché, America's foremost milliner." The show is a chance to learn about her life and a rare opportunity to see her work, which is testament to her imagination, talent, and skill.

"But the right hat on the right head is poetry."

Pillbox hat with silk, velvet, and cotton flowers in shades of pink, c. 1948.

Fashion illustration, c. 1950

Wide-brimmed hat in black straw covered in heavy off-white cotton lace with silk bows, c. 1965

All images from the brochure that accompanies the exhibition, organized by the graduate students in the Fashion Institute of Technology's MA program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice.

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