1930s Gelatin Sequins Hat
1930s Gelatin Sequins Hat
1930s Gelatin Sequins Hat
1930s Gelatin Sequins Hat
1930s Gelatin Sequins Hat
1930s Gelatin Sequins Hat
1930s Gelatin Sequins Hat

1930s Gelatin Sequins Hat

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An early 1930s rolled brim evening beret with a black gelatin sequined crown.

Why gelatin sequin pieces are so important in the history of fashion: In 1922 King Tut's tomb was discovered. Inside were garments covered in gold discs. This set off the 1920s fashion craze of bead and metal sequins-covered dresses. But the weight of the decorations proved to damage much of the silk from the period, so a new sequin was created.

By the early 1930s, a process to electroplate gelatin discs produced a lighter-weight version of the heavy metal disks. These new sequins were sensitive to heat, even withering under the hand of a dance partner who got a little too close. They also melt when exposed to moisture, like rain or steam. Nonetheless, the incredible depth of color and light weight made them a fashion must-have for the brief period they were used. By the late 1930s, gelatin sequins were replaced with acetate sequins, so their use ended. 

* Vintage era: 1930s 
* Silk, wide gauge net, gelatin sequin 
* Crown: 22 inches 
* Diameter: 8 inches 
* Black Petersham sweatband: 13 inches 
* Faille rolled brim to band edge: 2 inches 
* There is makeup residue at the underside of the brim/inside sweatband. See the image of the hat turned upside down to see this. 

Gelatin sequin vintage pieces are becoming increasingly difficult to find. This hat is a must-have for any vintage lover or collector.

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