Easel Incorporated Costume Accessories

1930's Ladies Hats

Made for a stage production, this lilac felt hat was a remodel from a different style.
Made for a stage production, this lilac felt hat was a remodel from a different style.
A narrow hat band was made from a vintage grosgrain ribbon, and two pheasant feathers were attached with a scrap of felt made into a bow.
A narrow hat band was made from a vintage grosgrain ribbon, and two pheasant feathers were attached with a scrap of felt made into a bow.
The pheasant feathers extend quite far from the hat in the back, giving the desired comical and extreme effect.
The pheasant feathers extend quite far from the hat in the back, giving the desired comical and extreme effect.
The left side of the brim is turned up sharply to create a swoop.
The left side of the brim is turned up sharply to create a swoop.
Detailed view of the felt bow.
Detailed view of the felt bow.

Hat styles in the 1930's were some of the most diverse and wildest in history!  The beginning of the decade saw an evolution of cloche styles carrying over from the 1920's, with Off-The-Face brims featured in the early 1930's.  By 1932 the Eugenie hat was all the rage with everyone wanting to look like Greta Garbo.  Indeed what Movie Stars wore was copied by many women at that time, from hats to gowns, to footwear!  Hat styles in the 1930's became much more focussed on silhouette and by the end of the decade, with WWII approaching, decorations took a backseat to shape.  Hat shapes varied widely and height, along with whimsy, became important at the end of the decade.  Some of the shapes towards the end of the decade drew on examples from history and versions from the1650's, 1870's, !880's and early 1900's could be seen - many without the trims used in earlier times.