Close fitting bandeau hats such as this were popular styles to accompany elegant attire, complemented the often short and sleek hairstyles of the period. Bandeau hats were perched atop the head, and secured with a comb, looped wire pin or elastic. This hat features two large pink fabric rose blooms and rose buds plus foliage, giving the hat a romantic and feminine feel. Flowers were a popular addition to hats during the 1950s, similarly featuring heavily on printed fabrics and costume jewellery.
This particular hat was owned and worn by the donor's mother-in-law, Marjorie Craig. The Museum holds a number objects originally owned by Mrs Craig, including her wedding dress and accessories from her marriage to Cyril Edward Craig at St Phillip's Church Hill, 18/10/1928. Most of Mrs Craig's clothing was made by a dress-maker and she is known to have attended many social functions. Mrs Craig undertook work for several charities, including the Sydney Day Nursery Association and the Sydney City Mission, and was a keen golfer.
This well provenanced object is an excellent example of the style of hats worn during the 1950s to the early 1960s. The Museum holds a large collection of hats and millinery equipment. Through this collection we are able to explore the processes involved in making a wide range of hat styles, whilst documenting the stylistic changes in millinery from the early 19th century onwards.
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