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hat 1989.56

Object Name: hat

Artist/Maker: Balenciaga, Cristobal
Role in production: designer
Place of Creation: Europe, France, Île-de-France, Paris
Date: 1954

Accession Number: 1989.56
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • velour
  • printed

Shocking pink velour printed with large black polkadots; very wide elliptical brim with circular domed crown and black velour "ribbon" trim; brim lined plain black velour and edge bound in same; crown unlined, showing woven straw construction. Unlabelled
The hat was acquired by a dealer from the October 1987 Sotheby's sale at Monaco (lot 68) featuring the collection of Mary Vaudoyer. Presumed to have been worn by her. Dated to summer 1954 by the Balenciaga Archives in Paris.


Type: Diameter (max)
Height: 54 cm