|Anna May Wong, circa 1930's.|
|Valentina design, circa 1940's. Photo courtesy fortieswardrobe.blogspot.com|
|A marvelous red "coolie" hat, circa 1954.|
Photo courtesy Couture Allure
|Sophisticated 1950's suit topped with a dashing "coolie" hat.|
Photo courtesy cutterandtailor.com
The traditional "coolie" hat was made of straw or bamboo; however sumptuous silks, luxurious velvet, brocades, and other fabrics have been used by fashion designers and milliners throughout the decades. Often these peaked, conical hats were left without adornment, but trimmings such as bows, beading, flowers, tassels, feathers, and embroidery were also used.
|Beach wear, circa 1938. |
Note the matching coolie hat with the edges trimmed with contrast binding.
Photo courtesy glamoursplash.com
|How-to instructions for a cute beach hat from a circa 1940's newspaper.|
|Miss Gene Marshall|
You can easily make your own Asian-Inspired "Coolie" Hat for Miss Marshall & Company just in time for Spring. Click HERE for instructions.