Bill Cunningham William J. Maribou Trimmed Veil For Sale
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Bill Cunningham William J. Maribou Trimmed Veil

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Perhaps you saw the Capsule Collection of William J. hats that I posted to 1stdibs in 2012. The whole collection of 22 hats were snapped up in an instant by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for the Costume Institute collection. William J. is the "nom de chapeau" for Bill Cunningham the late beloved photographer of street style and high society events for the New York Times. Before his career as a photographer his creative talents were used as a milliner in the 1940's and 50's, working under the name William J. an abbreviation of his name. This hat is from the same source as the hats that are now at The Met. They come from a friend and neighbor who was the niece of an executive at Bonwit Teller in New York back in the day when ladies wore hats to work. The executive was a very good friend of Mr. Cunningham, (as was her niece) resulting in this large cache of hats found in Bucks County. This is my favorite of the three that I am listing today. It is just a little bit of veiling and feathers, but what a fabulous look! The "hat" has a wonderful Art Deco inspired veil that is gathered at the top and falls in a gentle cascade to the shoulders where it is edged with fluffy black Maribou feathers. The William J. label is sewn to the feathers on the inside. There are some breaks in the veiling, which could probably be repaired, but they disappear into the glamour of the design. Measurements; Height 19" Width 28" at hemline

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  • Designer
    William J.
  • Brand
    Bill Cunningham
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Marked Size
    One Size Fits Most (US)
  • Seller Location
    New Hope, PA
  • Reference Number
    LU475997491
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