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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hats off to the 1960's

A celebration of the bygone days when fashionable women (and men) actually wore hats. During the 1950's ultra-feminine hats with lots of floral trim were popular. Hats were being fashioned to set off the hair style instead of wreak havoc with it. Garden parties helped make big brimmed hats popular. New man made fabrics were used and synthetic straw was first used. Cocktail hats were also very popular.

During the early 60's the Pillbox hat was popularized by Jackie Kennedy. Sadly by the middle of the decade hat's were falling out of favor due to hair style changes. Hats were now considered restrictive and establishment, hair was more important.


Actress Sophia Loren.
Location: Naples, Italy
Date taken: June 1961
Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Quartet of Jackie Kennedy look alike models wearing Oleg Cassini suits & pillbox hats popularized by First Lady.
Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: 1961
Photographer: Yale Joel


Comedian Phyllis Diller trying on hats at home.
Location: St. Louis, MO, US
Date taken: April 1963
Photographer: Francis Miller


President of Fur Flyers Inc. Billy Rather poses with college girls wearing hats.
Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: August 1960
Photographer: Yale Joel

Actress Viveca Lindfors trying on hats in Mr. John's salon.
Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: April 1962
Photographer: Yale Joel

Salesman is demonstrating a spring hat in New York City.
Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: April 1962
Photographer: Yale Joel


Model wearing a dress in the Paris Fashion Show.
Location: Paris, France
Date taken: February 1962
Photographer: Paul Schutzer

Model wearing dress Paris Fashion Show.
Location: Paris, France
Date taken: February 1962
Photographer: Paul Schutzer


Model wearing costume from collection of famous designers.
Location: Paris, France
Date taken: 1962
Photographer: Paul Schutzer

Women suits worn in Fashion show.
Location: Paris, France
Date taken: February 1962
Photographer: Paul Schutzer


Model wearing a hat in Paris Fashion Show.
Location: Paris, France
Date taken: February 1962
Photographer: Paul Schutzer


Studio pic of model wearing pink chiffon hat with matching blouse & loosely draped stole by Pierre Cardin for his 1962 collection.
Date taken: 1962
Photographer: Paul Schutzer

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