This hat is a Henri Bendel, 1965. It is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Even Kate Spade made a reproduction hat recently which retailed for over $75.00. Other versions can cost $50.00 to $100.00.
Some other variations of the hat, this red one is from the 60's.
This one has hair!
We went to our favorite thrift store a number of times. I spotted a hat and left it there. I finally decided to buy it. The hat was plastic-lined and it really is a container for a plant. We paid maybe 25 cents or 50 cents for it. The hat was in the closet for the past 6 months untouched. Finally I decided to fix it up for our Memorial Day Barbecue.
Here is the hat before anything was done to it.
Plastic lining in the hat. It does have a tag that says it is for a plant.
At first I went to Dollar Tree to look and see what they had. The craft store was just a couple stores away and I was going to run there next. I stopped by the sunglasses and had an idea. I will use cheap sunglasses for the hat!!!!! I bought a pair for a dollar and when I got home I actually found one I liked better in a glasses drawer of the jewelry box and used that one instead. They were from a dollar store years ago.
It was not fun or easy cutting the holes out. A piece shot up and hit me in the eye!! I glued felt in the inside so the edges of the cut holes would not poke me!
Then I used a glue gun to put the sunglasses on after I removed the plastic arms. Rob said that I should add some type of sunglass arms on the hat. I was not sure if they just went to the side or all the way around so I just put a ribbon around the entire hat. Rob then suggested eyebrows. We had mustaches all over the house from our Cinco de Mayo party so I just took one of those and cut it into two pieces. They have sticky stuff on them and can easily be removed or re positioned if I want to. Rob helped with the placement and size of the eyebrows (no Brooke Shields or uni-brows here!)
TA DA!!!!! The finished product!!!!!!!!!!!
Can not wait to wear it for the Memorial day Barbecue!!!!!