Less is more

When creating and choosing a hat, it is important to bear in mind the harmony between the shape of the hat, the outfit and the face, as well as its colours and sheen in relation to the face, hair and complexion. The balance between the brim and the crown and between them and the outfit is another aspect that heightens elegance, as does symmetry in the position of the hat in relation to the line of the eyes and of the shoulders.

Balenciaga is known for the sophistication and formal simplicity of his designs. The clean, stylised volumes created by means of simple, almost abstract forms, can be considered sculptures, in some cases emphasised thanks to the characteristics of the materials. Headdresses complete the silhouette in a harmonious manner and, in many cases, lack ornamentation, thereby enhancing the elegance of their simplicity.