Dutch Queen Opens Exhibition

Queen Máxima was in Rotterdam this morning to open a children’s exhibition in the Wereld Museum (World Museum). For this event, she repeated a picture hat in transparent wheat gold straw with tall, sidesweeping ‘slice’ brim, simply trimmed with a cuffed hatband in the same straw.

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The neutral hat is a good counterpoint for the vibrant green dress and the combined look is light and summery. I mentioned skin tone yesterday and how that contributes to the success of a hat- the warm colour of this hat works better on Queen Máxima than this new hat she recently debuted in cool grey, don’t you think?

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn:  June 18, 2016; June 2, 2015May 29, 2015September 5, 2013June 3, 2013

We’ve not seen this hat in a few years- what do you think of it today?

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17 thoughts on “Dutch Queen Opens Exhibition

  1. Wies, I would love to see a demonstration video on here some day (if possible) concerning bias cut brims, because for me it’s hard to visualize what you mean exactly (although I have an idea) because of my limited knowledge of textiles, techniques, etc.

    I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since Máxima last wore this hat! It’s always been a great one for her, and I love the pairing with the green. The hat is tilted back more off her face, which is much better than when she wore this hat and outfit combo in 2013 with the hat sitting farther forward. Another summer win for me!

  2. This hat is quite delicate-looking with its see-through brim; and it’s also a bit of a chameleon — it has a silky golden sheen, which is not really apparent except when seen under strong lighting.
    In previous wearings this hat was worn with 4 other dresses, 3 of which have sheen. I love the way having shine in both hat and dress materials creates a luxurious effect. My favourite is June 2015, because of the way the gold sheen of the hat picks up the gold of Maxima’s skirt. The sparkly gold/silver/diamond earrings worn in previous outings also work beautifully for the same reason.
    Sadly, that lovely sheen effect barely shows in today’s photos, nor in the wearing with the same dress in Sep 2013. It could just be the low lighting conditions — but I feel that the subtle golden aura that this hat casts is pretty much lost on the robust matte finish of the fabric of the dress bodice, especially when executed in this definitely unsubtle Kermit green. One of Maxima’s opaque, matte finish straw slice hats would I think be a better choice with this dress. Here’s an example of Maxima from 2014 in a matte finish hat with another lime green dress: Embed from Getty Images

  3. Only Queen Maxima can carry off a look like this – in spite of the Christmas wreaths and lettuce / cabbage mentioned by some correspondents! She looks wonderful, happy, smiling and at ease with herself – and that’s what her fashion and hats are all about, I think.

  4. From the waist up very nice, even if signature Max with big earrings and a BIG ruffle. This hat style is so great on her and I love the colour. But I really can’t with the different shade of green in the skirt. Thanks to our experts for growing my knowledge about bias cuts!

  5. We’ve discussed flaws on these slice hats recently, but other than the suggestion Wies offered about cutting on the bias, I don’t see anything wrong. Am I not looking closely enough, or is it possible that the workmanship is only a problem on the more recent models?

    • In this case it is a matter of personal preference: with a flat brim, like the brim of a boater, or a slightly sloping brim with no upturn, or a saucer hat, which has no hole in the middle, it is logical to cut the straw on the grain. With a sweeping, upturned brim, especially a rather large one, I much prefer a bias brim. It will turn more smoothly as Hat Queen says and therefore look more refined.
      What is strange in the case of this particular hat, is that not only is the brim cut out of a square piece of sinamay, but the straight fibers are on the axe front/back, forming a square around Queen Maxima’s head. Usually when a brim is cut on the grain, the axe front/back will be on the bias, which is more flattering to the face.

      • Aha, now that I have the larger image up on my laptop instead of the iPad, I can see that. Thanks, as always, for your expertise!

      • Thanks Wies, your explanation is really useful. It’s interesting how the “square” effect of the grain somehow interferes with the look of the curve of the brim itself – in the pics the curve looks a bit uneven. I’m sure its just an optical illusion – but it reinforces for me why a bias cut brim is preferred.

        • No, no, it is not an optical illusion. You are hitting the nail: the uneven movement of the curve is the direct result of the fact that the straw is cut on the grain. It is difficult to visualise it, I would like to give you a demo to make it clear! It is all about the tension of the fibers. You work the straw while it is moist and you have to pull really hard. The pattern resulting of bias blocking is beautifully mathematic.

          Only when you shape the brim out of a strip of bias cut material you can make it turn smoothly. It is just more work than blocking a square piece of straw. Remember the brim is made from two or three layers of sinamay? This means you have to block it three times, and each time you have to turn your sinamay in the same way as the underlaying layer. The advantage is that when you take your brim off the block, you can then handshape your brim to increase the curve or give it a twist which is flattering to the wearer’s face. It is the difference between couture and ready to wear: in ready to wear you accept the shape as it is when it comes off the block, in couture millinery (which is called “Haute mode” in French) you can personalize each shape.

          I apologize, I am rather passionate about this. Most people don’t catch the difference and don’t understand the price difference either!

  6. It certainly is a good colour to soften the very green top/skirt combination! It is a fun outfit for a children’s event.
    Still, I think I would like the hat a lot better if the brim had been cut on the bias all around, instead of on the grain with a bias binding.

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