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Best Hatted: 1949

Best Hatted: 1949

"Princess Grace of Monaco, 1957 recipient of the first annual Golden Hat Award after being named 'Best Hatted Woman in the World' by the Millinery Institute of America, shown in 1949 as a teen-age hat model for the United States millinery industry." View full size.

 

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What ever became of the Golden Hat Award?

I find the Nestle Golden Chef's Hat Award, the Animattikon Golden Hat Awards for films and video, the Golden Hat Awards for Greek restaurants, the Golden Hat Award of the Academy of Country Music, the Golden Hat Foundation for autism awareness, the Golden Hat award in Texas vs Oklahoma football--but no Golden Hat Award for hats.

Ike warned us

The millinery-industrial complex strikes again.

She had a neck

It’s just the camera angle, from above, presumably to capture maximum hat.

Rear Window

It was only five years later, in 1954, at the age of 25, that Grace Kelly appeared in Rear Window opposite Jimmy Stewart (who was then 46). Every time she breezed into the room, moved, spoke, breathed, I was unable to do anything but stare with my mouth hanging open. Such beauty and elegance, at ease with herself and her surroundings. She was great in the two other Hitchcock movies in which she appeared, Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief, but for me nothing matches her goddess stature in Rear Window.

Two points

First, I don't like the hat. I think it's goofy.

Second, It's obscuring the view of one of the best faces ever.

On the subject of necks.

I strongly feel that a person should have one. I guess that's all I'm saying.

Job Opportunities

I would guess the possibilities of a career as a "hat model" are pretty limited. I sure hope she found something else to do.

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