July 14, 2007

Taking pictures of hats from the TV

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events — Cristina de Prada @ 11:42 pm

Am I the only nutter that will pick up the camera an take a picture of a hat they see on TV?

Joan Fontaine in the 1959 movie The Women - click to enlargeI

I must admit this was the first time for me, but I just found this little hat very clever and very cute, the way it’s held by a ribbon with a bow that goes around her chignon working as a kind of bandeau, the veil, and the hairdo is also spectacular.


By the way this is Joan Fontaine in the movie The Women, of which I watched only about 15 minutes (basically a scene where they are on a train), but it was time enough to spot this little perched hat.

I’ve always thought that someone (in the big studios I guess), should make a Fashion DVD with bits and pieces from all the great (or not so great) movies from the golden years. Showing little clips where we can see all the beautiful outfits and hats. Every now and then I search Amazon up hoping to find it, but so far nothing… but isn’t it a good idea? And I think there is really a market for that. The DVD could also have extras with biographies of all the great designers of the time, and I’m sure you can think of other stuff that could be included.

So, if that already exists, please let me know because I want it!


  1. “The Women” has a fashion show as part of the film–that section is in color.
    It’s really quite striking.

    Comment by Karen — July 15, 2007 @ 12:10 am

  2. While they prepare such DVD (I do think it’s a great idea, and there’s market for such material) you could collect movies with great fashion moments in it. Apart from the ones that the heavy-in-the-fashion-side that Audrey Hepburn made (I’m thinking “Charade”, “Funny Face” and “How To Steal A Million”);check “Designing Women” or “How to Marry a Millionare” both with Lauren Bacall in them.

    Comment by prima — July 15, 2007 @ 9:34 am

  3. I think it’s mostly a copyright issue. One has to get permission from all the copyright owners – movies and hat designers. Unless, of course, the copyright is expired. However, if a copyright is owned by a corporation it goes on for a loooooong time. BTW: Mr. John who did hats for MGM for quite awhile designed this hat.

    Would be so much fun tho! Check out http://www.vintagemartini.com for their wonderful antique hats. I often save pix for my research file and have been known to buy from them.
    K Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — July 16, 2007 @ 9:13 am

  4. Kate gave me the video of The Women while I was recovering from surgery. Man, those dames could sure chew up the scenery in that movie, while dressed to perfection. I could watch it over and over again, with the sound off because my hubby eyes cross at all the female screaming dialog.
    I’ve made a few hats with a band in back, dish hats or tilt hats. They are so nice and cool to wear. One milliner specializes in them: LuLu Hats (http://www.luluhatco.com) Ebay searches of tilt hats, tip hats and doll hats usually hauls in a nice collection for generating hat envy and design impulse.

    Thanks for the BRILLIANT idea of taking a picture of the TV screen when a great hat shows up in an old movie!

    Comment by jill — July 16, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

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