Black straw hat with wired velvet bow

Black straw hat with wired velvet bow

Designed by Otto Lucas (1903-1971)
Straw and velvet
London, England
1954
Given by Mr Robin Allanson
Museum no. T.218-1985

Worn by Mrs Barbara Allanson, this large-brimmed sculptural hat was designed by balance the full-skirted fashions of the period. Dyed black straw has been expertly and painstakingly joined to compose elegant curves.

Otto Lucas was both inventive and prolific. In his final year of designing he created 55,000 hats.