Pink turban style hat and scarf from Mae's Millinery Shop

Designed by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Worn by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
Hat: satin, faille, metal, and rhinestones;
Scarf: satin
H x W x D (.1): 4 1/2 × 6 3/4 × 8 in. (11.4 × 17.1 × 20.3 cm)
L x W (.2 flat): 44 × 10 3/4 in. (111.8 × 27.3 cm)
Pink turban style hat with jeweled decoration (.1) designed by Mae Reeves with coordinating pink scarf (.2). The hat (.1) is made from a stiff material faced in three shades of pink satin fabric, the darker shades forming the top and upper sides, with a lighter shade on the bottom sides. The fabric is draped and sewn to resemble the folds of a turban. The bottom of the hat is not straight, the sides are longer than the center front and center back. A rhinestone and metal floral design accessory in pink and red is hand sewn to the center front of the hat. The interior is lined with pale peach faille, with a band of red grosgrain ribbon trimming the interior opening. A white fabric label with black printed text is adhered to the interior center back that reads "Mae Reeves / OF / PHILADELPHIA".
The scarf (.2) is made from a length of dark pink satin. The selvedges form the long sides, with the short sides cut and the fabric unraveled to make short, tight fringe. There are no labels.
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
scarves (costume accessories)
Clothing and dress
Fashion design
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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