Born in Munich, celebrity milliner Hans Harberger, a.k.a. Mr. John (1902-1993), founded his New York salon in 1948. (For bio see my earlier post, 25 Jahre Mauerfall; on the complex history of Mr. John’s name and label see my Mad Men-era millinery post, or read his obituary in the Independent.)
Millinery patterns by Mr. John were available from Vogue in the first half of the 1950s. There were also mail-order Mr. John patterns from Spadea and Prominent Designer, as well as garment patterns from Advance. Vogue’s later John-Frederics patterns date to the tenure of Mr. John’s former partner, Frederick Hirst.
From 1952, Vogue 7908 is a cloche with elegant shaped brim. The brim could be worn down or folded up on one side:
Vogue 7909 is a beret that dips to a point on one side, with an optional chin strap:
Vogue 7909 was still available the following year, as seen in this 1953 illustration for Ladies’ Home Journal. The lower two hats are by Mr. John:
Vogue 7961 is a draped cloche, striking in striped fabric:
Vogue 8441 is a shirred, draped turban, recommended for jersey:
From 1955, Vogue 8546 is gathered at the sides into a narrow brim that crosses in the back:
Vogue 8547 is a pill box with front pleat and optional ribbon ties:
In the later 1950s, Mr. John designed six spring hats for Everywoman’s magazine. Carmen (Carmine) Schiavone photographed one of them for the cover of the Easter issue:
The patterns, which were available to readers by mail order, were home-tested by a New York homemaker (click to enlarge):
Many of Mr. John’s hat patterns are available as reproductions on Etsy.
I’ll close with two Vogue covers featuring Mr. John hats:
For more hats by Mr. John, see Kristine/dovima is divine’s set on flickr.
Happy Easter, everyone!
7 thoughts on “Mr. John Millinery Patterns”
I love most of these hats!
Love the hats – keep them coming!
Oh, been chasing a couple of these! I have a version of 7909, like so many reproduction patterns, it’s missing instructions, so I look for the photos to finish it. A strap from the point around the chin? (facepalm)
Oh no! Dee at Pattern Peddler has V7909, so maybe you could ask her– unless that’s where you got your copy?
I, too, have a hat repro that’s missing instructions; I hadn’t realized it was a common problem!
I have 8441, the jersey hat pattern, as well as a few others. 8441 is such a simple, attractive and practical pattern.I have to agree with Mr. John’s obituary that women have “sold out to hairdressers.” Hats are so much more practical and chic.
Lucky you! I was also struck by how Mr. John formulated the opposition of hats versus hairdos. But hats are making a comeback, aren’t they?