Designer: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date: winter 1937–38
Location: The Met
Schiaparelli’s collaboration with Salvador Dali reached the height of Surrealist absurdity in this high-heeled shoe from winter, 1937-38. The idea for it, as recounted in Dilys Blum’s authoritative book on the designer, was a photograph of Salvador Dali wearing a shoe on his head and another on his shoulder taken by his wife in 1933. The hat was made to wear with a black dress and jacket embroidered with red lips which were suggestive of those belonging to of the voluptuous actress Mae West for whom Schiaparelli was designing movie costumes at the time.
Just a reminder that the idea of wearing shoes on your head was once considered ‘fashionable’ and not just ‘something that drunk people do’.
Just what everyone needs: a neon yellow and orange crocheted hat
Unknown Artist, Portrait of a woman (c. 1686-1700)
Ok, but I don’t think lace is supposed to look like that.
Thanks again to @jesuislewalrus for today’s submission! As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any and all ugly hats from history.
The great thing about this ensemble is that the hat and the purse are interchangeable.
Just in time for the holidays, Space Age Saturday presents ugly hats for the children in your life.
Pretty sure that hat is a literal pile of trash
To be fair, you’d probably look this unhappy too if you had to stand perfectly still while wearing a hat that massive
Get two hats for the price of one.
This is why it’s a bad idea to wear a hat with netting on a windy day…
Nathalie Victorienne de Mortemart, Marquise de Rougé in riding habit by Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, 1787
I don’t know why you’d want to wear that hat while riding; it would be knocked off in even the most sparsely wooded areas.
Thanks again to @jesuislewalrus for another submission!