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 Depp […]

Waiting for my Fantasy in Pink

 This beauty, a hot pink sinamay straw with red feathers, is on its way to me from millinery designer Maria Curcic’s studio in B.C.  Although it is fitted with clips, I have asked Maria to add an elastic chignon strap which works best for me with a fascinator. These straps hide under the hair and […]

Mothers’ Day Hat Shows & Special Events

The Mobile Millinery Museum is gearing up for our busy May season once again. We kick off Mothers’ Day weekend early this year (Thursday, May 11th) with a visit to the Chartwell Montgomery Village Retirement Residence in Orangeville where we will present our signature Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show.  The Mobile Millinery Museum is home to […]

Available in August

This book has been a long time in coming, but well worth the wait. Thank  you to all who shared stories, costume artefacts, and images for this project. I am now working on a second book in this series, Darlings of Dress; Children’s Costume 1920 – 1940.

The Witches’ Tea Party

Fall under Autumn’s spell with the Mobile Millinery Museum’s Witches’ Tea Party presentation, a celebration of black hats and tea culture. This Halloween-themed seasonal exhibit is a witch’s brew of black fashion hats through the decades, available throughout September, October, and November only. Call or email for details and see why even witches can’t resist […]

Santa Delivers a Millinery Gift Lift

Let’s face it, a pretty hat can be a real spirit booster; in fact, it used to be common knowledge that the cure for a low mood was the purchase of a new hat. In my mother’s day, a woman never went out in public without a hat, and yes, there were many good reasons […]

Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Hats are my wonderland, so imagine my delight when my daughter gifted me with a replica of the Mad Hatter marvel worn by Johnny Depp in the 2010 Tim Burton movie, Alice in Wonderland. 2015 marks 150 years since the publication of the book and the enchanting story still manages to captivate.  The Mobile Millinery Museum houses a great […]

Bonnets and Dazzlers and history, Oh My!

Enthusiasm for hats ran high at the Canadian Antique Collectors Association meeting in Toronto this month. Members came prepared to model, learn about, and share their own stories of hats on Wednesday, May 20th, at Toronto’s Montgomery Inn, where I presented yet another Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show. The rustic setting came alive with oohs and aahs as volunteers […]

Canada’s Pride: Maria Curcic, Millinery Designer Extaordinaire!

Two new Maria Curcic hats arrived yesterday. This Paris born-and-trained millinery designer is a master.  First out of the box was a work of art called To The Symphony  a stunning veiled headband style with a front-and-centre vintage rhinestone pin that is almost badge-like. The large Duchesse silk bow dominates a diamond dot veil with occasional pearl […]