Percher or 'doll' hat

Percher or 'doll' hat

Designed by Madame Suzy
Plaited raffia and artificial flowers
Paris, France
1937-39
Given by Lady Glenconner
Museum no. T.62-1967

This hat was designed by Madame Suzy, who first rose to prominence on the Parisian fashion scene in the 1920s. Suzy was known for her exotic hats and colour combinations. Her boutique at 5 rue de la Paix was an incredibly popular destination for both fashionable Parisiennes and visitors to the city. It was illustrated by René Bouché for the cover of British Vogue in May 1939. During the war Madame Suzy designed hats for the American market. She closed her business in the 1950s.

The large red and white straw braids from which this hat is woven give an artisanal feel to the structure of the hat. The crown of the hat is cleverly sunken in but rises into a little point at the centre. The brim is heavily decorated with water lilies and the hat has a red veil with a large honeycomb pattern. Worn tilted forward on the head, this style of 'perch' hat was popular from the late 1930s and throughout the Second World War.