Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1964 when Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari, former queen consort of Iran, wore this fantastical costume headpiece in a scene from the Italian film, I Tre Voti (The Three Faces), in which she starred. It’s a whopper.

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7 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

  1. Amazingly she still looks gorgeous and even elegant with all that on her head! I never knew Soraya starred in a film and I remember reading a book about her when I was growing up. I do remember that she was very sick on her wedding day to the Shah and again still looks fabulous!

  2. I’ll add “theatrical” and perhaps “hallucinogenic” to the adjectives already posted. Thanks to Jimbo and mcncln for posting the additional views.

  3. This view shows that the trailing parts of this flamboyant headpiece are even resting on Soraya’s back and shoulders. Embed from Getty Images
    From what I read of the film’s storyline, Soraya’s character in this scene is that of a wealthy jetsetter who is attending a society ball — complete with liveried footmen https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/tre-volti-i-1964-5864209a. The film’s costumes (and presumably the headpiece) were under the directorship of noted costume designer, Piero Tosi. I regret to say that the way the princess is holding that cloak does remind me of a chorus performer who is trying to preserve her modesty while wearing a skimpy costume – e.g. a Wagnerian Rhine-maiden – though I doubt that was the designer’s intention.

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