Like all fashionable women of her era, the Countess Greffulhe never went outside without wearing a hat. Her archive includes a sheet of paper headed “Traveling 1900,” on which she made a careful list of accessories she would require, including: “Large hat necessary – light and halo-like. Summer veils . . . We need 2 black hats, 1 navy blue, 1 cream, 1 fancy, 1 fur hat for traveling.” Her contemporaries often mentioned her hats, and Proust also alluded repeatedly to the hats of the Duchesse de Guermantes.
Wide-brimmed hat, circa 1935
Velvet, feathers, tulle, paste (jewelry)
GAL1964.20.44, gift of the Gramont family to the Palais Galliera
Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe runs through January 7, 2016 at The Museum at FIT in NYC.