Studio Sixty Six
July 1941

July 1941


Photograph; pigment ink on gloss Baryta, framed

Edition of 5

Image: 22.5” x 16.25” / 57.15 cm x 41.28 cm
Frame: 24” x 17.5” / 60.96 cm x 44.45 cm

Artist's Insight:
The decorated combat helmet featured in Leslie Hossack’s photograph entitled July 1941 was created by the artist for a silent auction at the 2017 True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner in Toronto. July 1941 commemorates the first time Canadian women entered the armed forces. That summer, hundreds of women gave up their fashionable hats for military caps. Hossack’s inspiration for this helmet came from the July 15, 1941 cover of Vogue. For that issue, René Bouét-Willaumez portrayed a woman wearing an elaborate, flower-trimmed hat and round sunglasses. During World War Two, supplies of straw and felt dwindled, so women’s hats made entirely of flowers or poufs of netting became common. Milliners found countless ways to use veiling, often wrapping it round and round a small hat base. Voila! In this image, Hossack’s approach gives an obvious nod to Irving Penn whose cutting edge fashion photographs graced the pages and covers of Vogue magazine for decades.