13 November 2018
Madame Gwen as she was known, was one of Paris’s milliners working in France in 1950’s.
Gwen, now living at Arcare Maroochydore, took her influence from the styles of the forties and created her masterpieces for the heads of the Parisians.
Film stars such Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Audrey Hepburn, who wore hats throughout that era, inspired her with their grace and style.
Arriving from England, Gwen designed and crafted hats which were the most indispensable fashion item of the mid-twentieth century.
Gwen’s daughter Tracey said, ‘No woman would consider herself formally dressed without a hat.’
‘They could be very large, or very little, and were held on the head using elastic linings and long hat pin,’ Tracey explained.
‘They were made from straw, wool felt or satin for evening, and were often decorated with feathers, beads, ribbons, flowers and nylon netting.
‘They were worn in a variety of colors to match every outfit.
‘Hats added the final touch of 1950s glamour to a woman or girl’s outfit, particularly in the early 1950’s,’ Tracey said.
Gwen’s love for silks, fabrics and fashion is still evident, as she always likes to comment on today’s fashions and loves this time of year, Spring Racing season with all the latest styles of hats as she fondly remembers her years in Paris as a milliner.