Back in 1979, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh toured the middle east. During a stop in Kuwait, the Queen topped her red floral dress with a matching red and ivory pillbox hat:
We have been enjoying closer looks at several of the Queen’s past hats, thanks to the Royal Collection Trust released photos of the exhibition ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’. This hat is part of the exhibition at Holyrood House in Scotland:
This closer look shows considerable intricate detail on this small hat- the individual swirls of red straw centred with a seed pearl bead are clearly hand sewn and the band of red piping around the crown is finished, perfectly. I’m not sure the photos of the time did this hat justice and while it’s not my favourite of the Queen’s past hats, it is a well balanced and beautifully made piece. As we see more and more of Simone Mirman’s millinery work closeup, her mastery of this craft impresses me more and more.
What do you think of this design, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty as indicated