Today’s post is some fashion eye candy from an article about dinner hats from Life Magazine, November 1948. There are some marvelous 1940s hat styles starting with this fabulous cover shot.
This off-the-shoulder number is by Christian Dior and is appropriately named “Abandon”. The cocktail hat is by Hattie Carnegie.
The model is Georgia Hamilton, who Life Magzine describes as 23, married, a professional model, mother of a year-old-son, an ardent golfer, and would-be actress. Whew! That kind of breaks the stereotype of stay-at-home housewives.
After doing some research, Madge discovered that Georgia was one of Eileen Ford’s first models and this cover was her big break in modeling. After a successful career, three more kids, and a divorce she reinvented herself as a home builder in the Hamptons. Georgia passed away in 1995.
The article notes that the keystone to fashion this season is the hat. Oh, if it were still so. This one by Sally Victor is white satin with ostrich feathers which give it that “come hither look”. Note the lace stockings in the small photo on the left as well as those divine Delman shoes with the rhinestone straps.
Madge has a thing for peplum dresses. They are so of the era. This one by Cecil Chapman has her drooling on the keyboard.
Life notes the black satin cloche hat, also with glycerined feathers, but doesn’t mention the designer. The double-strand pearl and rhinestone choker is a nice touch.
Cecil Chapman was that rare woman designer. Headquartered in New York City from the 1940s to the 1960s. Chapman was known for glamorous cocktail and party dresses and for working with celebrity clients including television and movie actresses. Reportedly she was Marilyn Monroe’s favorite designer.
A fabulous cartwheel hat with strapless dress and stole from Bergdorf Goodman. Lovely, but the rose looks like it might be a bit over the top. I know you are thinking the hat is over the top. Not Madge.
Cartwheel hats are a favorite style of Madge and are oh so glamourous.
And for the finale, this fabulous black fox-trimmed velvet hat from Hattie Carnegie. Madge just loves the description on this one. “Designed especially for restaurant wear”. What in Sam Hill does that mean? Maybe it’s a snug fit so your hat doesn’t fall into your soup.
So that’s todays’ fashion report on 1940s hat size. See you soon.