Friday, August 12, 2011
Fashion Walk of Fame: Lilly Daché
It’s been a long time since I featured a designer honored with a plaque on the Fashion Walk of Fame in the Garment District of Manhattan. With three royal weddings this year, I feel I have been spending plenty of time looking at hats and fascinators all of a sudden, so it seemed the milliner Lilly Daché would be a good choice to revive the “Fashion Walk of Fame” posts and share a little fashion history with you.
Her plaque reads:
Lilly Daché was one of the world’s most successful milliners. Working in New York, she utilized techniques learned in her native France. Her hats were characterized by bold, sculptural shapes, which required complex blocking. Many were also decorated with seductive veils and trimmings. Most famous during the 1930s and 1940s, when a chic hat was at least as important as a stylish dress, Daché was a milliner extraordinaire.
Lilly in the mirror, checking her look. Photo © 1956 Leonard McCombe/LIFE Magazine.
A black feather hat by Lilly Daché, 1939-1940. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
An evening snood by Lilly Daché, 1940s. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Lilly's plaque is on Seventh Avenue in NYC, between 37th and 38th Streets, next to the designers Mainbocher and Willi Smith.