Otto Lucas was born in Germany in 1903.
He opened a London salon in 1932, after studying in Paris and Berlin. He became a very successful milliner, popular in France and the USA.
Lucas supplied hats to stores and dress designers in addition to creating styles for his private clientele and for the cinema. In his final year, he created 55,000 hats.
He died in 1971 in a plane crash.
Lucas was London's most stylish hatmaker during the 1950's. Presiding over an enormous workroom, his expertise at handling a variety of fabrics and styles made him a master when accessories were imperative to the total look.
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