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Lampshade hat

A lampshade design from 1963 with a simple cord trimming

A lampshade hat is a millinery design in which the hat has a small circular crown – typically flat, but sometimes rounded – and flares outwards to create a cone-like profile.[1] In shape, it may have some similarities to the pillbox and bucket hat, both of which were popular at around the same time, although the classic lampshade design is longer and more flared than a pillbox (typically ending at or below the ears) and is generally made of stiffer material than a bucket hat.

Lampshade is a term that is sometimes used to describe the Asian conical hat and the mushroom hat. It may be used – sometimes in a derogatory way – to describe any oversized or lavishly trimmed hat.[2][3]


  • History of the design 1
  • Variations 2
    • Revivals 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History of the design

In 1961, Louise Shepard wore a lampshade hat with front bow at a NASA award ceremony for her husband Alan B. Shepard
First lady of Argentina Clorinda Málaga de Prado wearing a soft fabric lampshade-style model in 1960 on a trip to Rotterdam

The lampshade style is said to have been popularised by Christian Dior in the 1950s and remained fashionable through the next decade.[4] Dior continued to feature variations in his collections into the early 1960s.[5] Early versions could be trimmed or decorated, or could rely on shape alone for effect.

It is unclear when the term lampshade was first used, although it possibly dates to the early 1950s. Writing in The Guardian in 1953 about the London spring collections, Clair Wilson described a: "lampshade of a hat" designed by Simone Mirman and shown at John Cavanagh's London show. This model was pleated and matched to a black silk cape.[6] A year later, Wilson described a new season's design that was quite close fitting, in the manner of a helmet, adding that it was: "devoid of decoration and having some relationship to the cloche in concealing most of the hair".[7]

By 1956, lampshades and pillboxes were said to be overtaking the previously popular mushroom and cartwheel designs at Ascot races. A reviewer of the opening day's fashions noted: "1956 must be dismissed as an unspectacular year. Gone were the cartwheels and giant mushrooms of other years, and in their place were pill-boxes (Princess Margaret), lampshades (Princess Alexandra) and various derivations of the beret".[8]

Beauty queen and actress Aliza Gur wearing a flared lampshade hat with textured pattern in 1964

Notable examples of the design include the red lampshade hat worn by Doris Day in the 1959 romantic comedy Pillow Talk. Costumes for this film were created by French costume/fashion designer Jean Louis.[9]

Queen Sirikit of Thailand wearing a close-fitting variation on the lampshade, incorporating ruching and slightly flared brim in 1960


Like the pillbox, the lampshade remained popular into the 1960s, as hems rose and space age fashions took hold. Adaptations included both close-fitting and flared designs, as well as what fashion correspondent John Hart Roberts described as the "lampshade helmet", worn with hooded pullover, walking skirt and stockings at designer Maljana's Florence fashion show in 1965.[10]


John Galliano, designing for Dior, showed a variety of extreme lampshade-style hats in 2008 – these were created by milliner Stephen Jones.[11][12] The design duo DSquared2 recreated 1950s-style lampshade hats for their spring/summer 2014 fashion show in September 2013 at Milan Fashion Week.[13] Other designers showing lampshade-inspired designs for 2014, included L'Wren Scott and Lyn Devon.[14]

See also


  1. ^ Brooks Picken, Mary (1999). A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern. United States: Dover Publications. p. 164.  
  2. ^ Sun, Feifei (2 October 2012). "The 15 most ridiculous trends from fashion month". Time. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Wedding guest hats, ten years later". Royal Hats. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Grantland, Brenda; Robak, Mary (2011). Hatatorium: An essential guide for hat collectors (1st ed.). Mill Valley, CA: Brenda Grantland. p. 77.  
  5. ^ Spade, Kate (2004). Style (2004 ed.). United States: Simon & Schuster. p. 78.  
  6. ^ Wilson, Clair (30 January 1953). "The London Spring Collections: Outfits for the occasions". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Clair (12 March 1954). "Spring Hats all at Sea". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ "Royal Ascot All Too Blue: A windy day for toppers and a chill one for ladies of fashion". The Guardian. 20 June 1956. 
  9. ^ Laverty, Lord Christopher. "Doris Day in Pillow Talk: Couture Allure". Clothes on Film. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Hart Roberts, John (18 January 1965). "Pop and op". The Guardian. 
  11. ^ Mower, Sarah. "Christian Dior Spring 2008 Couture: Review". Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Christian Dior Spring 2008 Couture". Opalescent Minx. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Thuburn, Dario (18 September 2013). "Gucci kicks off Milan Fashion Week with opium den style". GMA Network. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Kh, Rima. "Spring/ Summer 2014 Headwear Trends: Spring/ Summer 2014 Headwear Trend #11: Asian Inspirations and The Lampshade Hats". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 

External links

  • Givenchy lampshade hat with flower decoration in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, c. 1960
  • James Wedge variation on the lampshade hat made for Liberty of London in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection, 1957
  • Unusual lampshade design with goose-feather brim from the Ryerson Fashion Collection, believed to be 1950s
  • Ornate Henry Margu Creations design featuring flowers and net
  • DSquared spring/summer 2014 fashion show including lampshade hats on Fashion Channel
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