Off-white and pink brocade pillbox hat with light tan veil | Designer: Benjamin B. Green-Field (Bes-Ben) | United States, 1955 | The conical crown with flattened top is made of brocade fabric with flowers and butterflies | On the right side of the hat is a large bow made of strips of the brocade backed in a gray/blue | The center of the bow is encircled with a band of gray beads, with a matching band of beads at base of hat | University of North Texas
C. 1958 Bes-Ben hat with miniature hats. Benjamin Greenfield and sister Bessie. Chicago. Bes-Ben hats were mainstream when they started in 1920, but in 1941 they began designing elaborate and creatively themed hats. The average price for a Bes-Ben hat in the 1940s was $ 50 but now sell at auction for as much as $ 1500
A wide straw hat was not only stylish, but kept the sun from the face. Worn low over the face like this, it's quite coquettish, too - even if the angle makes it a bit hard to see the gentleman. This hat from the 1760s, woven of straw, is embroidered with colored straw flowers. Victoria & Albert Museum.
Green velvet, artificial flowers and crystals hatlet | Designer: Benjamin B. Green-Field (Bes-Ben) | United States, 1960 | The circular crown is formed of an open ring covered with velvet, embellished with a dense covering of velvet and silk artificial flowers and with scattered crystals/rhinestones | The hatlet is overlaid with a fine green net/veil | University of North Texas