Designed by Caroline Reboux (1837-1927)
Suede and pheasant feathers
Worn and given by Lady Waverley through Cecil Beaton
Museum no. T.384-1974
This striking hat is constructed around a simple, unlined suede cap which fits close to the head and decorated with feathers. The hat was donated with matching gloves and would have been worn for evening occasions. It was designed by the House of Reboux. From the 1870s until the 1930s the label of Caroline Reboux dominated Parisian millinery fashions. Caroline Reboux began her career as a penniless but talented young milliner. Her work was discovered and promoted by the fashionable Princess Metternich and in turn attracted the custom of the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. In later years the House of Reboux was run by the milliner Lucienne Rebate.
Reboux was known for her clean, simple style using fabrics such as satin, velvet and felt which were draped or cut with a minimum of added or fussy details. Feathers were a favourite embellishment. In the 1920s Reboux was highly regarded for her cloche style hats, which were often cut and formed on the client's head.