Mildred Blount

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Mildred Blount (born 1907) was an American milliner noted for her creations for celebrities and people in high society.

Alicia Rhett in Gone With the Wind, 1939. Hats for the film were designed by Mildred Blount.

Career[edit]

Blount's interest in millinery grew out of her time working at Madame Clair's Dress and Hat Shop in New York City. She and her sister, who was a dressmaker, opened their own dress and hat shop aimed at serving wealthy New Yorkers.[1]

After Blount's designs were shown at the 1939 New York World's Fair, her career took off. She was asked to design hats for the films Gone with the Wind and Easter Parade[2] as well as for the cover of the August 1942 Ladies' Home Journal. Later in the 1940s, she ran a hat shop in Beverly Hills, California.[3] Her clients included Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Gloria Vanderbilt, Marian Anderson, and others.

Joan Crawford in Rain. Mildred Blout designed hats for Crawford.

She was the first African American member of the Motion Pictures Costumers Union, which allowed her to work in film studios.[4]

Blount reportedly died in 1974 in Los Angeles, California.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madden, Annette. In Her Footsteps: 101 Remarkable Black Women from the Queen of Sheba to Queen Latifah. Berkeley, California: Conari Press, 2001. p. 234.
  2. ^ Carney Smith, Jessie. Encyclopedia of African American Business. Vol. 1. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006. p. 292
  3. ^ Madden, Annette. In Her Footsteps: 101 Remarkable Black Women from the Queen of Sheba to Queen Latifah. Berkeley, California: Conari Press, 2001. p. 234.
  4. ^ Jet. Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company. Vol. 3. No. 13. Aug. 4, 1955. p. 62
  5. ^ Black Women in History: An Historical Encyclopedia. Indiana University Press. 1994.

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