In 1957 a group of millinery designers compiled a list of the Top 10 Best “Hatted” Women in America. There’s some familiar faces from Hollywood along with a few lesser known ones. Here they are, in no particular order.
Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower (First Lady): She just naturally loves hats and has made women all over the country, hat conscious.
Mrs. Ivy Baker Priest (US Treasurer): She proves that a woman can be feminine and charming and still have a brilliant career
Arlene Francis (TV Star): She is typical of a group of young and lovely women in New York’s stage and television field who consistently demonstrate the charm and effectiveness of a press hat.
Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (Socialite): She is one of the most beautiful women in New York society, and she knows how to do justice to a hat.
Mrs. Cyrus McCormick (Socialite): She epitomizes the chic that a mature American woman can achieve by taste and intelligence.
Lauren Bacall (Actress): She not only has a beautiful face, but she has a flair acquired early in her career as a New York fashion model. She knows that the right makeup and hairdo are necessary to do justice to a beautiful hat.
Joan Crawford (Actress): Can you think of anyone who could do more for a hat?
Mary Bothwell (Canadian Soprano): She epitomizes the chic that a mature American woman can achieve by taste and intelligence.
Mrs. Titus Haffa (Chicago Hostess): Her whole personality is so colorful and dramatic. Unlike most women who think of hats as accessories, she builds an entire costume around an exciting hat.
Audrey Hepburn (Actress): She has set a new style in young, natural charm – and she knows how to wear a hat.
Source/Photo: Hatters Select Their Favorites, The Southeast Missourian, Apr 19 1957, Page 12