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Buttercup yellow lace hat with netting veil

2009.0029.0021

Buttercup yellow lace hat with netting veil

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Physical description

A round, brimless ladies dress hat constructed with layers of buttercup yellow lace, and trimmed with a ribbon bow and netting veil of a similar colour. The hat is lined in white fabric, and a brown elastic strap is secured underneath the yellow hatband at either side.

Statement of significance

The Andrée Pélissier collection comprises 38 hat blocks, 4 hat block stands, 11 hats, 2 full headstands, a ceramic and wooden pestle used as a millinery tool, and a label for Andrée Pélissier Modes..

Andrée Pélissier (1927-2000) was one of four French milliners who came out to Australia in late 1948/ early 1949 at the instigation of Norman Myer. Offered two year contracts, the milliners brought their hat-making equipment with them and created a collection of 60 hats - copied from the designs of seven leading French modistes - for the opening of the Marie France salon in Myer's Bourke Street store. The hats were designed for an Autumn collection, but a milliners' strike in Paris delayed their completion and the salon didn't open until August 1949 when customers would have been shopping for their Spring wardrobes. Mlle. Pélissier did not return home at the end of her contract, instead marrying an Australian and creating her own millinery business.

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