Charming Victorian Hats
Clusters of tulle and chiffon were as popular as ever, and the manner of applying the fabrics to the wire frames was almost as varied as the shapes that were used. Printed floral and fruit designs, as well as embroidered dots, lent distinction to many of the choicest chiffons.
Ribbons, too, were exquisite in their colorings and texture, and many of the smartest hats were trimmed with them, while the laces employed were in cream, ivory, and coffee tints. Ostrich plumes continued to be used and were placed under the brims of large hats at the left side and also on top of the crown, with the quill end thrust through and the tip falling over on the hair at the back. Aigrettes were another important item, those of the heron variety being used in profusion.
Left: This late 1890s millinery creation showcases an entire white bird mounted on wires and placed ceremoniously atop a straw Victorian hat. Deep red ribbon is arranged in a large bow on top of the crown with the bird perched in the center.
Right: Black adds a distinguishing touch to this Victorian hat from the late 1890s as it is introduced in the insertions of black lace on the brim, and again in the tower of black ostrich feathers exploding from the back of the hat. Bunches of red flowers are artistically positioned on the crown.