Fascinator


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 15.2 x 11.7 cm (6 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2013.676

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Fascinator is made with an ivory wool, that has been felted, and shaped into a small, rounded, pyrimidal form. Three black circles (1.5in. diameter), also made from felted wool, are appliqued to the ivory wool. Two of the circles are overlapping, and the third circle is placed 2in. apart from them. Seven feathers stick up from behind the overlapping circles. The feathers each have a thin, dark brown quill (that has been curled), and black barbules (with a green sheen) that have been cut into a diamond shape towards the top of the quill. The interior of the fascinator consists of black wool that has also been felted. A 2in. wide strip of grograin ribbon is sewn in the middle of the interior of the fascinator. A wire comb-like attatchment, meant to fasten the piece to the wearer’s head, has been attached on top of the grograin ribbon.

Provenance

Before 2011, acquired by Evelyn H. Lauder (b. 1936 - d. 2011); 2011, given by inheritance to her husband, Leonard A. Lauder, New York, NY; 2013, gift of Lauder to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

The Evelyn H. Lauder Fashion Collection—Gift of Leonard A. Lauder