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Bill Cunningham William J. Red Leather Turban Style Hat



Perhaps you saw the Capsule Collection of William J. hats that I posted to 1stdibs in 2012. The whole collection of 22 hats were snapped up in an instant by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for the Costume Institute collection. William J. is the "nom de chapeau" for Bill Cunningham the late beloved photographer of street style and high society events for the New York Times. Before his career as a photographer his creative talents were used as a milliner in the 1940's and 50's, working under the name William J. an abbreviation of his name. This hat is from the same source as the hats that are now at The Met. They come from a friend and neighbor who was the niece of an executive at Bonwit Teller in New York back in the day when ladies wore hats to work. The executive was a very good friend of Mr. Cunningham, resulting in this large cache of hats found in Bucks County. This hat is made from a very fine, thin red leather. It is wrapped like a turban with a stylized bow at the front. It has a cross hatch of grosgrain ribbon inside to hold the shape. The label is missing, but the interior construction of this hat and the green ne are identical. The condition of this hat is fair, there are two damaged areas, it is probably best used for display. Measurements; Height 10" Width 12" Interior circumference 22.5"


  • Designer
    William J.
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Marked Size: Interior circumference 22.5" (US)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    This hat is a great example of design but it is in need of restoration. The leather is damaged in two areas, please see photos. It displays well, but is probably not suitable to wear.
  • Seller Location
    New Hope, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU476003081

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    Ships From: New Hope, PA
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    This item cannot be returned.

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