Hat of red velvet, bonnet style. Snugly-fitting crown with five pleats on each side; brim extends from lower proper left side, across forehead to lower right side. Self-fabric rope trim at brim and bow at lower back edge. Lined with black net.
This hat was purchased by the donor, then 21 years old, during her self-titled "European Odyssey" from the House of Christian Dior (30 avenue Montaigne) in Paris on July 2, 1948. Ms. Holabird remembers having been "overwhelmed" by the elegant salon as she entered in her saddle shoes. She recalls that this hat was the least expensive item for sale in the salon.
Christian Dior was especially fond of his very wealthy clients who could afford to be dressed from head to toe with Dior products. The House of Dior offered the fashionable woman a full range of clothing, accessories, and even perfume. For some of his most favored clients, Christian Dior was involved with every fashion choice, offering suggestions and often making the final decision on what was best for the entire ensemble. Many famous designers followed Dior's lead in the creation of accessory lines and licensing of their names to create the bulk of their gross annual sales.