Bes-Ben - The Mad Hatter of Chicago

4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208

International Marketplace


September 25 to January 6, 2019

Known for his elaborate, humorous and flamboyant creations, Benjamin B. Green-Field (1898-1988), the creative genius behind the Bes-Ben label, designed hats using a variety of everyday objects and a wide range of unusual trimmings. The hats were adorned with bizarre items such as fake cigarettes, little stuffed animals, plastic fruits, vegetables, as well as bejeweled and decorative objects. Bes-Ben hats were popular with celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. Many of the wealthy women of Chicago and the Midwest were also among his clients.

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