Hat designer Patricia Underwood creates unadorned, hand made, hand finished designs which rely on the most subtle understanding of shape, color and proportion for their effect. Her career began on an impulse to take an evening class in millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology. That whim inspired her to design hats which flatter the wearer’s appearance and complement her clothing.
Ms. Underwood has maintained this unwavering philosophy throughout her 35 year career. In recognition of her outstanding work she has received a COTY award, a CFDA award and an American Accessories Achievement award. She has collaborated with and created hats for some of America’s most prestigious clothing designers including Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka and Chris Benz. These collaborations reinforce Ms. Underwood’s philosophy that hats must connect with clothing.
Ms. Underwood’s hats have been used extensively in film, TV and still life photography. This summer she created hats and headpieces in collaboration with Isabel Toledo who designed the costumes for the new Broadway Musical “After Midnight”. Most recently she just finished working with Tony Award winner William Ivey Long creating hats for the new Broadway Show “Bullets Over Broadway”. Many recording artists appear in Ms. Underwood’s designs for their music videos and tours. Patricia Underwood hats are worn by many notable women. The list includes: Isabella Rossellini, Joan Collins, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Lady Sara Chatto, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. The current collection continues to present signature hats of straw, felt, and leather and cashmere. The ongoing interest in using the finest materials is a continued goal for the Patricia Underwood Company, as is the commitment to manufacture in New York City. The hats are sold in select department and specialty stores throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Patricia Underwood is currently a board member of Council of Fashion Designers of America. Her hats are in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology Museum and the Philadelphia Art Museum.