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Feathered headpiece

Designed by William J. (Bill Cunningham) (American, born 1929)


Height x width: 14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Bird of paradise feathers, silk satin, lace, sequins

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Feathered headpiece. Base of the headpiece is a diamond shape, (curved to fit the shape of the head) with emerald-green, satin fabric. The diamond shape is lined with a thin, black, nylon cord, with small loops (most likely acting as fastners). Emerald green lace is appliqued onto the satin, and small transparent green sequins are sewn (in a serpintine design) onto the lace. From the center to back of the diamond-shaped headpiece, the green satin fabric is raised into a three-dimmensional, triangular form. The triangular form is split down the center, and an arrangement of green and wine-colored feathers are placed inside for support. There are groupings of the feathers wrapped in dark brown thread, also for support. The feathers are long, and curve inward toward the left.


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