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Woman's hat

early 1960s
Design attributed to Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish (active in France), 1895–1972)

Object Place: Paris, France


Center back: 63.5 cm (25 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin weave; tulle; feathers (turkey); silk plain weave; plastic

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Small round black satin cap with large trailing cluster of black feathers at center back. Interior is lined with black tulle with black ribbon around the inside edge. There is a plastic comb at the center front and three small loops (one on each side and at center back).


1960s, purchased by Ms. Caulfield-Hamilton, CA from Balenciaga, Paris; 2009, purchased from Caulfield-Hamilton by Cameron Silver of Decades, Inc., Los Angeles; purchased by MFA (Accession date: March 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Carol Noble