1930s - 1940s Clothing

New York Creations 1940s hat wide brim blue

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Brim measures 18” from side to side and 16.5” from front to back 
Front edge of brim to crown measures 7” 
Inner circumference of crown is 20” around
Label: New York Creation, hat size 22, Carson Pirie Scott Chicago

This wide brimmed 1940s hat in royal blue wool felt has a “New York Creation” label. It dates from the early to mid-1940s, probably just after the formation of the New York Dress Institute/New York Creations organization, in 1941. The unusual, gathered brim is slightly wider from side to side than from front to back. The gathering around its outer edge gives the brim a ruffled appearance—really lovely! The hat’s tiny, shallow crown is designed to rest towards the back of the head, and it is curved down a bit in back, in order to hug the back of the head when worn. The unwired, halo style brim can be worn turned up or down, as desired. A fabulous 40s hat in very good condition, it has one minor flaw: a tiny hole at the center back of the crown (see close-up photo), just above the grosgrain ribbon band that circles the crown. This tiny hole could easily be covered with a brooch, flower or larger bow--but it should not be that noticeable when the hat is worn, in any case. 


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