Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Porkpie

Ladies head wear of the mid 1860's is a tricky subject: what's appropriate depends upon age, socioeconomic status, marriage status, and activity - in other words, who are you and what are you doing?

It's common to see hats being worn inappropriately, so I really wanted to include a good example of a hat in the fashion show I narrated last month and this porkpie worn by a young, unmarried lady involved in a casual activity was just right.

It's a straw base, trimmed with carefully folded ombre ribbon, feathers and a flower, just tacked in place. This type of hat shows up frequently in the lady's magazines, it's a very trendy accessory.

The base is a circa 1950's hat. I rummaged through my ribbon, feather and flower boxes and grabbed some coordinating pieces and trimmed this out in the car on the way to the event!

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