Madame Agnes (late 1800s-1949) was France’s most popular milliner. She designed hats that were popular from the late 1920s until the 1940s. She was famous for cutting the brims of her hats while they were worn by her customers. Her shop was located on the Rue Saint-Honoré.
She associated with people in the art circles of Paris and styled hats that were both abstract and unique. She preferred wearing only black fashions, fx. in 1929 she wore black satin frocks designed by Vionnet. Her clothes were embellished with bright jewelry like red coral, jade or lapis lazuli.
Madame Agnes in her shop in Paris, 1935
Edward Steichen, Dorothy Smart, hat by Madame Agnès, 1926
Madame Jean Lassalle hat by Madame Agnès, Madame d’Ora, 1929
Portrait of the milliner Agnès by Madame d’Ora, Paris, 1928-1931
Model in hat of bird of paradise feathers by Madame Agnès, spangled jacket by Maggy Rouff, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Harper’s Bazaar, 1935