How to Enjoy my Books for Free

Yesterday, a friend and writing colleague told me she asked her local library to order in my latest book: Darlings of Dress: Children’s Costume 1860 – 1920. They did, and she is thrilled to know she’ll be the first to crack open that brand new book. If you’re a card-carrying member of a public libraryContinue reading “How to Enjoy my Books for Free”

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with a Hat Show or Vintage Wedding Gown Exhibit

This is not the first time I’ve been asked to participate in a Royal Wedding Celebration. Yes, we have to get up at six if we want to observe the nuptuals in real time, but how about relaxing with tea and a hat show or vintage wedding gown presentation in the afternoon? The Mobile MillineryContinue reading “Celebrate the Royal Wedding with a Hat Show or Vintage Wedding Gown Exhibit”

Are you a Hat Fancier, but don’t Fancy Wearing a Hat?

In honour of my recent Miriam Haskell find at Winners (I didn’t even know the MH brand was still around), I thought I would get you woke about the awesome hats which used to appear in the Miriam Haskell ads from the 1930s and’40s. PIctured are a few classic styles: A 1930s pixie hat, a ’40s tilt/doll hat inContinue reading “Are you a Hat Fancier, but don’t Fancy Wearing a Hat?”

My 2017 Hat Pick of the Year

Three Things about my 2017 Hat Pick of the Year that you must Experience for Yourself When I founded the Mobile Millinery Museum back in 1999, my focus was on preserving the lost millinery treasures of the past. I had no idea of the glory to come as modern designers would take up the mantle ofContinue reading “My 2017 Hat Pick of the Year”

Talking Darlings of Dress

The Darlings of Dress interview with Harry Rinker is now archived on www.gcnlive.com Go to the website, click on “Archives/Podcast” on the toolbar, select WHATCHA GOT? in the pop-up window, click on Sunday, January 7 The interview will occur approximately 30 minutes into the second hour of the program. Source: Whatcha Got

Not Too Late for a Garden Party Tea

Benares House in Mississauga Saturday provided the perfect location for a late season garden party and hat show. As always, we rely upon volunteers to model the hats, and this presentation was no different (as you can see by the Edwardian Bobby Dazzler in the back ground).  The oversized replica of the hat Johnny DeppContinue reading “Not Too Late for a Garden Party Tea”

Frantic Fashion from the 1950s

Frantic Fashion from the 1950s: From the drama of Dior to the domesticity of mother-and-daughter dresses, this comprehensive look at authentic 1950s fashion pieces is curated by Norma Shephard, author of 1,000 Hats, In Step With Fashion, Lingerie, Accessorizing the Bride, and the recently released Darlings of Dress; Children’s Costume 1860 to 1920. This one-hourContinue reading “Frantic Fashion from the 1950s”

Darlings of Dress Now Available

 Buy Darlings of Dress from Amazon.com or direct from the publisher. This nostalgic look at children’s costume, from 1860 to 1920, reveals diverse cultural influences on its manufacture and design. More than 300 historic photographs, fashion plates, and selections from vintage catalogs and magazines, plus 115 color images, show examples of costume and accessories. See infants inContinue reading “Darlings of Dress Now Available”

Red Hat/No Knickers Folklore Verified

It turns out that what I’ve been telling audiences for years – that red hats used to be hard to come by because it was thought that women in red hats might not be wearing any knickers – was not only true, but very taken seriously by some. Today at our hat show in Dunville,Continue reading “Red Hat/No Knickers Folklore Verified”