Daniel and The SC embarked on a stealth adventure in search of the perfect background for the hat with the mysterious and theatrical full face veil.  Sometimes asking for permission isn’t as much fun as pulling out the camera spontaneously at a moment of opportunity.  We found several locations in a historic hotel located in downtown Denver.


I’ve been attracted to full face veils since the moment that I discovered my first hat adorned with the possibility of looking at the world behind silk netting woven into compelling and delicate patterns.  Contrary to what seems intuitive, facial features appear emphasized and the world feels enhanced through its empty spaces.

IMG_2398This hat from the 40’s has been with me since the 70’s, when it was discovered at an estate sale.  It’s my favorite of its genre in my collection.  The veil, or netting, can be lifted for dinner or other purposes if necessary, but I prefer it in its natural state, tied under my chin and around my face, intact and worthy of its history.


Photos By Daniel

Reclining on an elegant sofa in a hotel hallway was the designated finale to a photo shoot that was as undercover as a full face veil, somewhat hidden away but obvious and curiously inviting.

Black satin jacket and ruched skirt – consignment shops, vintage hat with veil and rhinestones and vintage rhinestone trimmed gloves – estate sales, black suede boots – retail sale years ago, jewelry – gifted and estate sales.


To celebrate fashion’s senior moment, photographer, writer and documentarian Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style HERE and designer Fanny Karst have collaborated on a limited edition “Old Is The New Black” and “Old Is The New Gold” T-shirts.  The gorgeous Debra Rapoport, artist, Advanced Style icon and paper towel milliner HERE, models a T-shirt in the photo above.

Per Ari Seth Cohen, “Aging never goes out of style, but the fashion world is definitely having a senior moment. This season’s It Girls are all over the age of 60! We are thrilled to see so may brilliant, powerful, and gorgeous older women in campaigns and on the runway. To celebrate, designer Fanny Karst and I collaborated on a limited edition “Old Is The New Black” T-shirt.”

T-shirts are 100% Cotton Made in The U.S.A and can be ordered for a limited time here

I’m taking my full face veil over to Sacramento’s Share-in-Style HERE at Mis Papelicos.  It’s a party not to be missed!  I’m also linking up with Cherie’s Shoe and Tell HERE at Style Nudge and Sheila’s Shoe Shine HERE at Ephemera.

34 Responses to “The Full Face Veil And Old Is Gold”

  1. Suzanne

    You always have such amazing artsy photos.

    Love the tee design too.


  2. Trina

    Judith, I hope this comes over as a huge compliment, but I want to be just like you when I grow up. Stylish, unique, glamorous, and best of all, completely happy in my own skin. Thank you, for always reminding us how to be the beautiful women we are meant to be.

  3. LA Contessa

    I have already ORDERED MY T-shirt!Now if I could just find that PINK VEST!!!!!

  4. Natalia Lialina

    I don’t think I knew about a full face veil which meant to be tied under one’s chin. Or maybe I knew from books, but haven’t seen one “in person” before. It’s really very special. Love your outfit and the presentation- the location is wonderful! xxx

  5. Kimberly Tibbens

    I absolutely love what’s happening in current trends for us crones.

    PS Your photo layout is stunning.

  6. Martina Elegant40

    Your elegant outfit is amazing. I mainly admire the head piece! Also, I would love to have one of those T-shirts.

  7. PinkCheetahVintage

    That veil is incredibly sexy! Love it! I really like the t-shirts, too.

  8. Chicatanyage

    I love veils. I remember wearing a veiled hat years ago for Royal Ascot. I think I still have the photo somewhere.

  9. déjà pseu

    You are so elegant and mysterious in your veil. You look like a Dangerous Dame right out of a film noir story.

  10. Barbara Harris


  11. Suz

    What an elegant outfit. Stunning. I am ordering one of those t-shirts. Awesome idea.

  12. No Fear of Fashion

    As always you look the part. Gosh you would have been such a hit int those days too.

  13. Patti

    Amazing photos, as always, Judith. And a stunning hat, with a lot of stories to tell. xox

  14. Jess

    I love the viel, the hat looks great on you. I love the history of it and you acknowleding this as well. I love your style and grace.
    from the link up,
    please stop by, jess xx

  15. Accidental Icon

    These photos are just so glamorous and gorgeous. Each background gives a different tone and mood for the hat and for the mysterious and beautiful lady wearing it. Another great post.

    Accidental Icon

  16. Анна Глухман

    Вы прекрасны!

  17. Jill

    Stunning and oh so stylish in your black with that wonderful veiled hat just ready for cocktails.

  18. Vix

    I love the sound of your stealth adventure – it certainly paid off, your photos are fantastically atmospheric.
    That hat is wonderful and so are you. xxx

  19. Patrizia Molechino

    Gorgeous, as always… stylish and elegant

  20. Pam@over50feeling40

    That top photo is perfect, Judith. I could write a movie script around it!! And the T-shirt is fun! You are so gorgeous!

  21. Shelley

    The mysterious veiled woman! I love the romance and intrique of hats with full-face covering veils. I have a fascinator with veiling and I really must find a reason to wear it.

  22. Curtise

    Such gorgeous photos of you in that stunning hat, Judith – sexy and mysterious! xxx

  23. beth waltz

    Consider, Judith, that not a few of us regard this black hat as the epitome of 1940s Hollywood glamor! It’s most definitely a big budget film noir property, RKO or Monogram couldn’t afford it. Shall we name it “Hedy Lamarr”?

  24. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    I love the romance of a tulle veil. I actually purchased some with the intention of making a hat…I had been inspired by someone that had added netting to a very casual beanie style hat, and I thought it looked so fun. Alas, I’ve not gotten around to it. Your photos are so fabulous. You always seem to know what to do with your hands! You’ve taken dance classes, perhaps?

  25. The IFs

    My very wise friend Carol W. told me over ten years ago that it is easier to ask forgiveness afterward than to receive permission beforehand. Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten (although it is best used judiciously). Isn’t anyone in the veil production business anymore? It seems to me someone could make a fortune just by replacing veils on vintage hats.

  26. Miss Boom Baby

    Nothing like a veil to add a touch of enigma!

  27. joni@artfulcloset

    Judith, I enjoyed the video on Sixty and Me so very much. Just being able to hear your voice and talk about your travels was so much fun.
    You look especially elegant here in these photos.

  28. Melanie

    I love a full face veil. They are for women of mystery, and you are that too. This outfit with this hat is stunning; no wonder you and Daniel managed to capture so many artistic shots. I wonder if people walking past ever think you are on a modeling assignment.

  29. Alison Cosier

    Your outfit is intriguing indeed Judith! You have an impressive collection of vintage, I wish I had kept all my treasures collected over the years, there are still some beauties hidden in my closet but I rarely wear them now. Just ordered my old is the new black t-shirt, had a fun chat with the French designer Fanny Karst this week, full interview over on my blog.
    Best, Alison

  30. Spashionista (Alicia)

    I think you’re absolutely right about a veil accentuating your facial features – and, in your case, what a treat it is! You look like a femme fatale all in black satin. I never cease to be in awe of you 😉


  31. Stacey

    It may look funeral-y, but the black veil looks good in those situations…

  32. Jazzy Jack

    I love the multiple ways you explore being undercover. Delightful and gorgeous! xo Jazzy Jack

  33. cherie james

    I am in love your veil and your rhinestone-trimmed gloves. And, your confidence and style in how you wear them are so refreshing. You occasionally see the veils used in style magazine photos, but not often. I prefer your photos!

    Thank you for linking up with Shoe and Tell Link Up!


  34. Ana Paula

    Always wonderful!
    Ana Paula
    from Brazil

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