Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery







#6610 - c. 1921 DE MARINIS, Paris Black Satin Cloche with Gold Metallic Embroidery and Jet Beads of Oriental Design! NOTE:  Said to be Fanny Brice's Hat! This hat is said to have belonged to Fanny Brice. I don't have written documentation for this. However... here's the connection.  The hat came to me from a gentleman with a museum collection. He acquired the hat from a man who got the hat from a woman who had been Miss Brice's dresser, and who had kept the hat as a memento.  Additionally in researching De Marinis, the previous owner of this hat found several picture layouts in Vogue and Vanity Fair with Miss Brice modeling their hats. Even without the history, it's a quite extraordinary hat of the era! An exquisite dinner cloche of black satin embroidered in black and gold and outlined in jet beads, in the so-called distinctive and elaborate "Blue Willow" pattern... most often seen on porcelain and china.  The Legend of Blue Willow? Once there lived a very wealthy mandarin who had a beautiful daughter named Hong Shee, who fell in love with her fatherīs secretary, a man named Chang.  To keep them apart, the father imprisoned his daughter in the palace.  One day she escaped, and the two lovers raced over the bridge, eluding their pursuers, to a waiting boat and sailed away.  A storm developed; the boat foundered; and the couple were lost at sea.  It is said that two love birds appeared immediately thereafter - and as spirits, Hong Shee and Chang and live on to this day. Blue Willow was first offered almost two hundred years ago by a famous English maker of fine china.  Blue Willow is still the most popular pattern to ever appear on dinnerware. The cloche is in Excellent condition.   

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display