NOSTALGIA: Jean Patchett Photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue in 1950
After watching the parade of guests wearing intricate toppers and feathery fascinators file into Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding, is it possible the hat—that ladylike wardrobe staple of the forties and fifties— is destined for a comeback stateside as well? While it’s hard to predict, there’s one annual event that always calls for some serious millinery —the Kentucky Derby. In honor of Saturday’s big race in Louisville—and the tradition of ladies wearing hats, big and small, that this race inspires— we sifted through our archives to find iconic images of women wearing headpieces straight from the pages of Vogue.
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