Straw doll hat with silk flowers and black velvet ribbon, by Sally Victor, American, 1937. A virtuoso of manipulating common millinery materials such as straw into new and interesting styles, Victor expertly pleats and folds one piece of chartreuse straw into this stylish creation. On most doll hats, the focus is on the front, but Victor balances the look by extending the velvet ribbon to the back, ending in an oversized feminine bow.
Wool tweed hat, by Sally Victor, American, 1933. A perfect accompaniment for the man-tailored architectural suits favored by the 1930s woman, this architectural hat combines geometry and asymmetry in one fashionable design. The non-conventional construction, particularly of the crown, is demonstrative of Victor's innovative and whimsical aesthetic. Victor has taken the masculine fedora form and wittily executed it in bankers gray felt, commonly seen in men's suits.
Black wool hat with wood decoration, by Sally Victor, American, 1937. This unusual hat, most likely inspired by a world culture, illustrates Victor's constant inspiration gleaned from world cultures. It is also demonstrative of her habit of looking to museum collections for inspiration. Although a traditional form, the effect is modern and the combination of commonly used felt with decorative wood elements is unconventional and unique.
Straw hat, by Sally Victor, American, 1937. Victor often drew from cultures around the world for design inspiration, and was aided in that process by the staff of the Design Lab. This example of that practice also incorporates unconventional materials, another common element in Victor's designs. The tubular straw braid that literally looks like hair was the perfect expression for a design inspired by a hairstyle.
Black and orange wool and leather hat (front), by Sally Victor, American, 1939. In dramatic orange and black, this hat gives the illusion that the brim is being pulled over the crown at back, a modern, almost surreal, element. Victor was known for her artistic sensibility, and this asymmetric unconventional design attests to that idiosyncrasy. The softly textured materials, fur felt and suede, would be perfectly suited for a winter or fall ensemble.
Crystal necklace, American, 1930-39. In graphic black and white, this Art Deco necklace radiates modernism. Art Deco design was based on mathematical and geometric shapes, and this sleek necklace combines the two variously shaped angular faceted elements to create a sophisticated piece of jewelry. The necklace was owned by legendary actress Lauren Bacall, who gave many pieces from her personal wardrobe to the Brooklyn Museum.