According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the term milliner was in 1530.
"The term ‘milliner’ comes from the Italian city of Milan, where the best quality hats were made in the 18th century. Millinery was traditionally a woman’s occupation, with the milliner not only creating hats and bonnets but also choosing lace, trimmings and accessories to complete an outfit." - Vintage Fashion Guild
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|