1905 ca. Pink Silk Parasol, French. Pink silk, metal, synthetic, wood. Made by Betaille, French, for the time when parasols were an essential accessory and tended to be luxurious items.
Probably belonged to Phoebe Hearst (1842-1919) or Millicent Hearst (1882-1974), Grandmother-in-law and Mother-in-Law, respectively, of the donor, Austine Hearst.
via Metropolitan Museum NYC, U.S.A. metmuseum.org. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1982
Austine Hearst was the third wife of William Randolph Hearst, Jr. (1908-1993), son of William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), turn of the century newspaper mogul. She spent the war years hosting a radio show and writing a newspaper column about young society, which was picked up for national syndication after the war.
She was continuously on the International Best Dressed List throughout the 1950s and was inducted into the Best Dressed List International Hall of Fame in 1959. She first became a donor to the Brooklyn Museum in 1953 and she regularly donated garments by famous designers such as Christian Dior, Madame Alix Grès and Arnold Scaasi, among others.