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James Galanos hat,unbelievable find, black silk and velvet hat,ultra collectible designer, 1940s,50s vintage, excellent condition,rare find

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James Galanos hat,unbelievable find, black silk and velvet hat,ultra collectible designer, 1940s,50s vintage, excellent condition,rare find

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: peau de soie, black silk, velvet
  • Favorited by: 15 people
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Description

This isn`t just a hat. It is a work of art.

This is a hat by James Galanos, the famous hat and clothing designer of the mid century through to the 80`s when he dressed Nancy Reagan.

Finding a hat like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Galanos hats are in the Metropolitan museum.

It is very difficult to describe this hat. It starts with a velvet cap that sits on the head. The inside of this cap is 17.5 inches. The only part of this cap showing is the black velvet peak: a triangular piece that comes down over the brow.

Then there is a gathered round of peau de soie silk, tight gathers that let the silk fall fully down the back and sides, somewhat like a snood. This peau de soie hood is embellished with matching bows, 6.25 inches long. The black hood is 13 inches from front to back fold, the fold is 2.5 inches wide. and 15 inches to each side, the width of the fold is 5 inches.

It sounds and looks complicated, but when you study it closely it is incredibly simple and brilliant. I stand in awe.

There will not be another Galanos to cross my path. I will enjoy it while I can, and then it will be someone elses turn.

It is from the Sarah Elizabeth Glover Collection

I was recently able to purchase several hundred pieces from a collection that had been a lifetime's passion for a ninety year old woman. Sarah Elizabeth Glover came to this small town from Santa Barbara California in the 70's, where she and her husband Ray, had operated a costume rental business for many years. They were also avid folk dancers and soon started a massive collection of ethnographic clothing.
Upon moving here, they opened an ethnographic museum and Sarah Elizabeth continued to collect for her already extreme collection of Victoriana, Edwardian, and authentic costumes from all countries. Her folk dancing colleagues were happy to support her in her pursuit of the unusual as they traveled to different countries.
As the passionate collector and operator of a museum, Sarah Elizabeth was fastidious in her care for the items, cycling the items on display regularly with others stored carefully, to prevent hangar fatigue and environmental damage. As a costume designer and expert seamstress, she would mend the mendable and embrace the beauty of antique wear.
Even when her 22 room Victorian home was stuffed to the gills, she didn't quit, and her encyclopedic memory and wealth of knowledge never failed her until her death at age 92.
I will be presenting items from this collection slowly but surely. I am selling these pieces as collectible art, not necessarily something to be worn. The beauty of the workmanship, and the hours of skilled labor, is and of itself of incredible value. In a world of the mass produced and disposable, these items will never be created again except at great expense by a handful of highly skilled and well trained costumers


What goes around comes around.
Love of quality and beauty from the past is happiness.
This isn`t just a hat. It is a work of art.

This is a hat by James Galanos, the famous hat and clothing designer of the mid century through to the 80`s when he dressed Nancy Reagan.

Finding a hat like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Galanos hats are in the Metropolitan museum.

It is very difficult to describe this hat. It starts with a velvet cap that sits on the head. The inside of this cap is 17.5 inches. The only part of this cap showing is the black velvet peak: a triangular piece that comes down over the brow.

Then there is a gathered round of peau de soie silk, tight gathers that let the silk fall fully down the back and sides, somewhat like a snood. This peau de soie hood is embellished with matching bows, 6.25 inches long. The black hood is 13 inches from front to back fold, the fold is 2.5 inches wide. and 15 inches to each side, the width of the fold is 5 inches.

It sounds and looks complicated, but when you study it closely it is incredibly simple and brilliant. I stand in awe.

There will not be another Galanos to cross my path. I will enjoy it while I can, and then it will be someone elses turn.

It is from the Sarah Elizabeth Glover Collection

I was recently able to purchase several hundred pieces from a collection that had been a lifetime's passion for a ninety year old woman. Sarah Elizabeth Glover came to this small town from Santa Barbara California in the 70's, where she and her husband Ray, had operated a costume rental business for many years. They were also avid folk dancers and soon started a massive collection of ethnographic clothing.
Upon moving here, they opened an ethnographic museum and Sarah Elizabeth continued to collect for her already extreme collection of Victoriana, Edwardian, and authentic costumes from all countries. Her folk dancing colleagues were happy to support her in her pursuit of the unusual as they traveled to different countries.
As the passionate collector and operator of a museum, Sarah Elizabeth was fastidious in her care for the items, cycling the items on display regularly with others stored carefully, to prevent hangar fatigue and environmental damage. As a costume designer and expert seamstress, she would mend the mendable and embrace the beauty of antique wear.
Even when her 22 room Victorian home was stuffed to the gills, she didn't quit, and her encyclopedic memory and wealth of knowledge never failed her until her death at age 92.
I will be presenting items from this collection slowly but surely. I am selling these pieces as collectible art, not necessarily something to be worn. The beauty of the workmanship, and the hours of skilled labor, is and of itself of incredible value. In a world of the mass produced and disposable, these items will never be created again except at great expense by a handful of highly skilled and well trained costumers


What goes around comes around.
Love of quality and beauty from the past is happiness.

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