Pictures of Hats & Hairstyles
1930-1939 in Costume History
This page has over 100 images of hats and hairstyles. Each of these thumbnails will enlarge into an A4 page of
images of hairstyles and hats for the individual years of 1930, 1931,
1932, 1933-34, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939.
The early1930's female silhouette was feminine. Although
slender it had elegance and was not flat like the boyish lines of the 20s.
Curves were back and these 1930's womanly curves were emphasised by the use
of bias cut fabrics. Grooming of the face with now acceptable make up
more artfully applied and pencil thin eyebrows together with a sleek upswept
hairdo completed the thirties look.
C20th Hair Styles & Hats
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1931, 1932, 1933-34, 1935, into an A4 page of
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1930's millinery followed the mood of the day with curving
styles often with romantic trims or witty hats that contrasted with the
immaculately groomed look. Many 30's hats were worn tilted to one side.
As brims became flatter and wider so crowns lowered and by 1933 there was the
hat style that was almost like a pancake panama.
Later hats such as the tall toques of 1937 and 1938 were made
even higher with extra feathers. On occasion they were decorated with
velvet petals or a mass of roses, violets or pretty clusters of lilies
of the valley.
One of the most useful styles to emerge was the cache-misère
turban which enabled the wearer to bundle away the hair on a bad hair day,
but appear immaculately groomed and elegant.
C20th Hair Styles & Hats
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images of hairstyles and hats.
Greta Garbo's fashion style was imitated globally. In particular
fans loved her shaded face make up known as the Garbo look. She often
completed the enigmatic look with her famous slouch Fedora hat.
Other influential people included Parisian milliner Schiaparelli
who loved to shock with her outrageous hat styles that echoed surrealism. She
turned a shoe shape into hat styles and used pencils for hatpins. Some styles
were amazing and echoed back to the days of Marie Antoinette and ships in hair.
Schiaparelli's version was a bird cage hat with canaries inside or a crown that
was in reality a vanity case or a pin cushion hat or chimney pot. She had
fun designing hats and her most famous is the shoe hat and the hat in the shape
of a lamb chop. These fashion pictures went around the world.
Through the 1930s Paris remained the centre of hat fashion design
and many important fashion house employed as many as 300 employees who solely
worked on millinery tasks. But the costliness of Parisian hats also saw
the American market producing hats with panache and well suited to its home
Lilly Daché who worked in 1930s New York built up her Daché hat
emporium. She was famed for her snoods and her silk flower decorated
cocktail hats for evening. Her turbans designs and profile hats that
highlighted the face were all the rage.
As the thirties drew to a close and as war approached new hat
styles took on a military air with peaked caps, bicorn and tricorne effects.
Many hat styles exhibit these elements on the next pages.
For some more written text
on the 1930s hair and hat styles please see the
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