In the early 1940's "Chicago's Mad Hatter" began to incorporate unusual items into his hats including animals, bugs, fruit, and even doll furniture. The following photographs are just a small sample of his body of work.
|Sea Horses courtesy liveauctioneers.com|
|Dogs on a Spiral Hat courtesy worthpoint.com|
|Photo courtesy cappelli-hats.weebly.com|
|Rooster Crown Hat with Veil courtesy polyvore.com|
|Doll Furniture Hat courtesy Lallu Chic on Pinterest|
The Couture Touch salutes Bes-Ben with this whimsical concoction based on the milliner's famous decorated spiral hats. A vintage berry topper from The Hat Bar of Marshall Field's & Company was used to create this delightful chapeau for Integrity's Cocoa Crisp Gene Marshall. Top and necklace are from Ashton Drake.
|The inspiration for Miss Marshall's hat.|
Links of Interest:
"Hats Off to Bes-Ben" Chicago Tribune article written by Sharon Stangenes, December 21, 1988.
Benjamin B. Green-Field Foundation Includes biography and more photos of Bes-Ben hats.