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Designed by:
Mae Reeves, American, 1912 - 2016  Search this
Subject of:
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994  Search this
synthetic fiber, plastic, sequins, feathers, and beads
H x W x D: 8 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 9 in. (22.2 x 23.5 x 22.9 cm)
Place made:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
A navy blue woven synthetic straw cloche with cream decorations designed by Mae Reeves. A large cluster of cream and light green faux flowers with pink plastic stamen is attached at each side of the hat. Triangular shaped cream paillettes with sequin centers and faux pearl bead edges are placed between the flower clusters across the front of the hat. Individual cream feathers with clear beads on the shafts of each feather extend out from the feather clusters, some covering the paillettes and others extending below the edge of the hat. The interior opening is trimmed in black grosgrain ribbon. A cream fabric tag with black printed text reading "Mae Reeves / OF / PHILADELPHIA" is adhered at the interior center back.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Design  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Fashion design  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr.
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture