Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Millinery Arts: Hats from the late 1800s

According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the term milliner was in 1530.  

Among the many books on the shelves, there are a few bound volumes of periodicals featuring the height of Italian fashion in the late 1800's.  So far I have come across "L'Eco della Moda" and "La Moda Illustrata".  These weekly papers featured articles about fashion and news, advice and fictional stories, illustrations of gowns, coats and the latest hats.  Below are some examples of the kind thing our great-great-grandmothers may hoped to have in their wardrobes.  

Cappello Empire di velluto mordore - Empire hat of golden brown velvet

Cappello Tosca di feltro nero - Tosca hat of black felt/ Cappellino di velluto color musco - Moss colored velvet cap 

Cappelli d'autunno e d'inverno - Hats for autumn and winter

Eleganti mantelli da citta - Elegant city cloak

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