Lilly Daché

Lilly Daché

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name = Lilly Dache

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caption = Lilly Dache puts hat in 1938 Time Capsule
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birth_date = 10 October 1898
birth_place = Louveciennes, Yvelines,
Île-de-France, France
death_date = 31 December 1989
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nationality = American
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known_for = famous American milliner
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occupation = fashion designer
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Lilly Daché (October 10, 1898 – December 31, 1989) was a milliner and fashion designer.

She was born in Bègles, Gironde, France, and began her fashion career there at the age of 15 as a milliner, apprenticed under Caroline Reboux and Suzanne Talbot. She emigrated to the United States in 1924, settling in New York City. On March 13, 1931, Daché married French-born Jean Despres. Their mutual love and successful supportive professional lives and collaboration endeared them to those around them.

Daché is reported to have said, "Glamour is what makes a man ask for your telephone number. But it also is what makes a woman ask for the name of your dressmaker." She was the most famous milliner in the United States during her time. So famous, in fact, that she was a mystery guest on a 1955 episode of the sophisticated television game show, "What's My Line." (Panelist Arlene Francis eventually guessed her identity.)

Her major contributions to milinery were draped turbans, brimmed hats molded to the head, half hats, visored caps for war workers, colored snoods, and romantic massed-flower shapes. By 1949, she was designing dresses to go with her hats, as well as lingerie, loungewear, gloves, hosiery, and a wired strapless bra. Both the designer Halston and the hair stylist Kenneth worked for her before going into business for themselves.

Daché's books include "Lilly Daché's Glamour Book" (published in 1956) and her autobiography, "Talking through My Hats" (published in 1946).

Daché retired in 1968, and her New York millinery business was taken over by her daughter Suzanne Daché. Daché in 1940 won the Neiman-Marcus fashion award. She also won the first Coty American Fashion Critics Award for millinery in 1943. She died in Louveciennes, France.




*Dache, Lilly and Dorothy Roe Lewis, ed. "Talking Through My Hats", Coward-McCann, 1946
*Dache, Lilly and Dorothy Roe Lewis, ed. "The Glamour Book." Philadelphia: J.B. Lipincott Company, 1956.
NAME = Lilly Dache
SHORT DESCRIPTION = fashion designer

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