Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Those Crazy- Popular Red Hatters

When Red Hat Queen Eleanor Rollinson asked me to perform my Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show at her district branch convention, I was thrilled and a little intimidated. In a room full of 200 red-hat, purple dress-wearing women, would my various millinery museum pieces be noticed? Even Evelyn had her concerns; she asked me to cutContinue reading “Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Those Crazy- Popular Red Hatters”

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.

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 volunteersContinue reading “Bonnets and Dazzlers and history, Oh My!”

Avian Obsessions

For late 19th and early 20th century New Yorkers, bird watching was a pastime that could be enjoyed on the streets and avenues of the bustling city. One did not have to journey to exotic locales in order to find tropical plumage, nor head to the seaside to glimpse a Jack Snipe, Spotted Crake, orContinue reading “Avian Obsessions”

Pancake Hat with Gold Lace Trim

Lace: Bella Vexlar called it the poetry of fashion. Jerry Lee Lewis performed a song about it, and our foremothers spent precious hours creating it. Now, the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive is taking the best of it on tour. From an 1870s Polonaise trimmed with gold thread lace to a 20th century multi-tiered ballContinue reading “Pancake Hat with Gold Lace Trim”