Another hat from this summer’s three-part exhibition on Queen Elizabeth’s fashion is one worn during her silver jubilee tour to New Zealand in 1977. Another design by French milliner Simone Mirman, the focus of this piece are its small pleats which swirl into a rose shape at the top of the crown. Notice the impeccable French seams on the loops of the bow and the single hand stitch near the top of the swirl centre.
Another great video from The Royal Collection Trust shows that this swirled rose pleats extend into a turban- a shape we widely associate with Queen Elizabeth in the late 1970s. While I’m not sure the cutouts are a successful design detail (does anyone else see alien eyes?), the fabric work on this piece- hand pleating and invisible stitches anchoring down these pleats- is remarkable.