Hat designed by Lillian Head

Created by
Head, Lillian, American, 1921 - 2010
Subject of
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007
felt, vinyl, plastic, and elastic
H x W x D: 12 3/4 × 12 3/4 × 5 1/4 in. (32.4 × 32.4 × 13.3 cm)
Place made
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
1967 - 1968
A blue and cream hat designed to resemble the Polaris restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The hat has a round crown made of bright blue felted faux fur that is heavily machine-stitched in a grid pattern with cream thread. The hat has double rounded brims, both made of a cream felt faux fur. In between the double brims, forming a circle all the way around the hat, is a length of clear plastic. The plastic is stitched with black thread to make a grid pattern. The top edge of the plastic is tacked to the upper side of the bottom brim in two places using cream thread, but the stitching has come loose. The bottom edge of the plastic is hand-sewn to the upper side of the bottom brim using cream thread. The underside of the bottom brim has two details that provide additional structure to the hat, one rolled piece of cream felt halfway between the crown and the brim edge, and another rolled piece of cream felt at the crown. Around the interior opening of the crown, a length of blue grossgrain ribbon edged with a length of cream lace is sewn. Black elastic cord is attached to the blue ribbon on the proper right and proper left sides, and two (2) brown plastic hair combs are woven through this elastic cord.
African American
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Black Fashion Museum Collection
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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