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Vintage straw skimmer or coolie hat by WaveSong on Etsy. This straw skimmer hat is in the era of Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn. Bright pink and purple straw flowers are embroidered on one side. Elastic loops allow for the hat to be pinned in place with bobbi pins. Perfect for a summer wedding.

Valentina, the Russian haute couture designer, designed for the theatre, gowns for leading ladies, 1934-54. She introduced this type of hat for Garbo, Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine. The Fashion Encyclopedia says, " In the 1930s and 1940s Valentina introduced hoods and snoods as headcoverings, wimple-like effects (flattering to mature throats) swathed around tall, medieval-inspired head-dresses". This type of hat could be worn with a wimple.

Read more: Valentina - Fashion Designer Encyclopedia - women, dress, style, new, body, hair, dresses, hats, designs, costume, jewelry, look

16 " (40cm) diameter. This hat is in mint condition. Perhaps a little fading on the leaves of the flowers compared to the underside. None of the straw is broken.

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Garbo Style Straw Skimmer Coolie Hat


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: straw, rafia, raffia
  • Ships worldwide from Sarnia, Canada
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