RESERVED ON LAYAWAY 1950s Wide Brimmed Hat in Green Straw with Dangling Wisteria Blossoms by Archie Eason


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      An absolutely stunning and unique summer hat. A mix of perfect 40s green and a lilac purple hue, this beauty offer unique dimension and texture. The crown has a deliberate slouch - it actually took some work to determine and resteam the original shape in. A band of palest blue velvet piping circles the crown. Around the concave brim, long strands of millinery wisteria trail in dangling rows, some falling softly off the edge of the hat to create a face framing bower. Honestly I don't think anything could be more perfect for the season right now. Wisteria is blooming all up and down my street as I write this! 

      The maker, Archie Eason, has quite an interesting history! Quote from this FIDM blog:

      "By 1958, Eason's hats--"signed" with a green sequin at the back--were available in 47 cities nationwide; each retailer received only one of each style, to ensure that no two customers would be caught wearing the same hat. A 1958 profile in Women's Wear Daily praised the milliner's "creative flair and eye for color and shape." Eason never sketched, but let his materials dictate his designs. Though hats were rumored to be on their way out of fashion throughout the 1950s and 60s, Eason refused to worry, saying: "There isn't a woman in the world who doesn't like a pretty hat"

      Marked Size: None Present
      Interior Circumference: 21", but has a shallow fit, and fits my size 22.5 head well. 

      Label: Archie Eason
      Material: Synthetic Straw, silk millinery 
      Condition: Good plus, as is

      This hat is crisp and ready to wear. When I purchased it, it was rather crushed and I've steamed it to restore as much as is possible, but there's still imperfections. I think there may be two missing wisteria strands, but this does not stand out in any way when worn. 

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