American women of the Fifties flocked to a style of hat that flattered and hugged the head. According to The Ladies Home Journal (1953), the new hats were small and sleek, made of glamour fabrics - fur, satin, velvet, and jewel toned velours.
Offering a fantastic, tawny or burnt orange velvet, short pill box hat, by the legendary fashion afficionado, Hattie Carnegie. Stitched in a ribbed chevron pattern, resembling a crop circle, with a matching ribbed orange velvet band rolled under around the brim, and a soft orange velvet covered ring on top.
Silk lined interior, with 2 tortoise shell combs at the sides for securing the hat. There are 2 labels inside: one reads Hattie Carnegie Original; the other says L. S. Ayres & Co., Indianapolis.
Young Henrietta Kanengeiser knew she wanted a name-change when her family emigrated to America from Austria. She changed hers to Carnegie in 1909 to conjure the success of the rich and famous industrialist Andrew Carnegie, becoming a rich and famous fashion icon and businesswoman in her own right.
Remarkably, there are no spots, tears, odors, or other concerns affecting this wonderful hat. which make it a very desirable and highly collectible example of Hattie Carnegie's millinery work.
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