Golden Age movie stars, Esther Williams, Audrey Hepburn, Carmen Miranda, Josephine Baker and Lauren Bacall, had their red-carpet moment in the HAT Classes at the Philadelphia Flower Show. These classes in a circular space called Quadrant have become increasingly popular with exhibitors and the public.
Movie fans of a certain age will remember Esther Williams, who swam her way through more than half of each movie she made. Did they have any plots? This delightful design reminded us of her very stylish swimming caps.
Audrey Hepburn inspired three hat designs. It helped that she could wear anything and make it chic. Top, Audrey, perhaps, in My Fair Lady? Second, a tour-de-force of dried pineapple creates a 1960’s saucer hat for Audrey.
The meticulous details of Audrey’s hat fashioned a winner! The third Audrey hat, a pillbox, was entered on the last Friday but I didn’t get a photo of it.
Two beautifully made hats for two icons. Top, a pink close-fitting design for Marlene Dietrich. Botton, not placed in the Quadrant yet, this painstaking tribute to the chic Josephine Baker was created on a tissue-paper cloche substrate. Next to this on the worktable was a huge bag of more hydrangea florets ready to go to the rescue of any missing ones.
Who can resist Carmen Miranda as the wearer of the most outlandish and delightful hats? Best Hat of the Week winner, and Friday’s entry, this Carmen makes you hear the music!! Congratulations to all for a wonderful red-carpet!!