I don’t know about you, but given today’s social isolation precautions, I am finding moments of joy in the small activities in my house. While felting in my kitchen I typically stream dance music, and find myself singing and dancing to some great tunes. Nothing gets me happier than a view, the sun, good music and felt making. This hat is a kitchen sink style cloche, which while sensible and covers your ears, also conveys moments of joy! The piece has several different silks all colliding on one hat, a style of hat I’ve termed “The Kitchen Sink”.
In the 1920’s there was an actress Gilda Gray who popularized the “shimmy” dance. I believe she would have worn this hat fabulously. Combined with her beauty, European exoticism and willingness to shake her stuff on stage, Gilda was seen as unconventional, slightly dangerous, and emblematic of a new generation ready to party.