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Registration Number: H27530

Name or Title: Boater Hat

Classification: CH classification COSTUME Headwear woman

Brief Description: Boater hat, double-brimmed, grey faille and silk, trimmed with pink fantasy flower and veil.

Collection: Clothing and Textiles

Production Place: Brisbane/Queensland/Australia

Production Date: 1950-1959

Materials: Silk (Textiles), Faille (Textiles), Netting (Textiles)

Measurement : L270 x W260 x H85 mm

Signature/Marks: Ogilvie \ ROWES BLDG. \ EDWARD ST. BRISBANE

History and Use: This hat was designed in the 1950s and is believed to have been worn to a Government House cocktail party. Patrick Ogilvie, the designer, fashioned hats for women all over Queensland for fifty years. Ogilvie hats incorporated international fashion trends but more importantly, they matched the personalities of their wearers and each hat was a one-off.

Ogilvie began his working life as an accountant but at 21 he trained and worked in millinery in Sydney before returning to Brisbane to begin his business in 1947. From 1948 he was based at Elizabeth St, in fashionable Rowe’s Arcade. In the seventies, hats became less fashionable and were no longer considered an essential part of a woman’s outfit. Ogilvie was forced to close the Rowe’s Arcade premises in 1972 and move to Indooroopilly.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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