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  • Lisa Mcgee Smith

    16th century - Drawing of Ladies Bonnet

  • Liz Turner

    Ladies hats and bonnets etc

  • Monjio

    Traditional Millinery Techniques The making of hats, bonnets and other headwear for women and children was referred to as “millinery” and made by a milliner. The term “milliner” appeared in the 16th century and was derived from the name given to dealers of trimmings and accessories who came from or imported their goods from Milan, Italy (milener or milaner). Up to the mid 19th century, the products of a milliner weren’t restricted to just headwear. A milliner might also make or supply fichus, collars, cannezous, mantles, neck ties and other accessories along side caps, bonnets, hats, and turbans. The products of a milliner represented the labours of many specialists, such as flower makers, feather dyers, straw braid or bonnet makers, felt makers, ribbon and trimming makers, and even embroiderers as well as the manufacturers of lace, linen, cotton and silk goods. PAGE INDEX Mid to Late 1700's Straw Hat Mob Cap 1800 - 1810 Bonnet 1830's Straw Bonnet Poke Bonnet "Bibi" Bonnet "Spoon" Bonnet "Bebe" Bonnet Early 20th Century Style Boater Because most of the traditional hand worked techniques used in millinery cannot be replicated by machine and still keep their ‘authentic’ look, they are also executed by hand in the reproductions offered here. However, some machine-sewn techniques are substituted for economy of time and money. Styles and trimmings are based on fashion drawings and actual examples of millinery housed in museums and private collections.

  • Annie Modesitt

    Empire Bonnet

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Date: ca. 1851 Culture: American Medium: silk, wire Dimensions: Length: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) Credit Line: Gift of The New York Historical Society, 1979 Accession Number: 1979.346.137