Hats by Madame Paulette Paris Milliner Extraordinaire

Annie Schneider

A look at one of the most influential milliners of the twentieth-century, Madame Paulette


Madame Paulette was Paris’s “queen of milliners.” Born in 1900, this famed headwear designer learned her trade between the wars, and by the forties and fifties her hats crowned the heads of everyone who was anyone in Paris, and were increasingly sought by the rich and famous around the world. Film stars such as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Audrey Hepburn were some of her most ardent fans, as well as royalty, including Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor.

Hats by Madame Paulette will appeal to fashion experts and aficionados of fine millinery alike, providing an essential guide on the most indispensable fashion item of the mid-twentieth century; no woman would consider herself formally dressed without a hat. In addition to celebrities vying for Madame Paulette’s creations, fashion photographers clamored for her designs. Included here are photographs from Avedon, Newton, Horst, and Klein, as well as film stills of the hats she designed for Cecil Beaton that appeared in My Fair Lady and Gigi.


A stunning account of the life and work of the famed Parisian milliner. With clientele like Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly, she set the standard for petite pillboxes and over-the-top chapeaux.

— MarthaStewart.com

One of those gems that you come across when you least expect it…Intelligently written.

— New York Journal of Books


— Vogue

An essential guide on the most indispensable fashion item of the mid-twentieth century.

— The Arts by Karena

An elegant collection of photographs illustrating the life's work of the 'Queen among milliners.'

— L'oeil de la Photographie

Paints a charming but uncompromising portrait of a charming but uncompromising woman who was taken to task in convent school for snipping overwhelming white satin rosettes off her school chums' hats (as well as her own) in a gesture of independence and, no doubt, good taste.



Annie Schneider


Annie Schneider has worked in the fashion industry for many years. She is Madame Paulette’s daughter-in-law and lives in England.