Edwardian Ladies Hat Fashions: Where Did You Get That Hat?

Edwardian Ladies Hat Fashions: Where Did You Get That Hat?

by Peter Kimpton


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Based upon the author’s large personal collection of beautiful fashion postcards from Edwardian times, this book takes the reader on a journey through that era – covering the hat fashions and social changes of the day. Delve further into the carnage that took place around the world, in which unscrupulous and money grabbing individuals from the Northumbrian coast in England to the Everglades in America, would callously slaughter whole colonies of birds (leaving their young to die) purely to provide the millinery trade with ornate feathers to decorate fashionable hats during that era.

The book also takes the reader into the world of millinery sweatshops of poverty stricken New York and describes the conditions and deprivations under which the poorly paid workers, many of them immigrants, worked. You can even learn about the background, history and amazing life of one of the world’s greatest fashion designers, Coco Chanel, as she set out on her lifetime of fashion in Edwardian Paris.

With superb fashion colou plates of the day, together with images of amazingly creative and colorful hat pins from both the UK and America, the author shares the fruits of his 40 years of postcard collecting and the highs and lows of his search for the 'Hats' postcards, as worn by his Edwardian 'girlfriends' from over 100 year ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473881297
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 04/03/2017
Series: Images of the Past Series
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter Kimpton spent twenty-three years working with confectionery manufacturer John Mackintosh (subsequently Rowntree Mackintosh), twelve of which as UK Design Studio Manager and also spent several years working as a freelance design consultant.

He is the world’s only Christmas Cracker historian and has given lectures and written widely on the subject of Christmas Crackers in the press and media. For nearly forty years he has been a collector of beautiful hand tinted early twentieth century Photographic Glamour postcards. He lives in Norwich.

Table of Contents

Dedication 7

Acknowledgements 8

Preface 9

Enter the New Boy 11

The Edwardian Craze 14

Postcards by the Million 38

The Merry Widow 59

Goodbye 'Bertie' 61

Lucky Old Edwin 66

The Eminence Noir' 68

Sleepers 69

Rose Tinted Spectacles 73

Escape to the Seaside 93

Edward Linley Sambourne 109

The Sting of a Hornet 116

Who's a Pretty Boy Then? 118

Feather Farms and Breeders 119

Ostrich Feather Palaces 127

Parisian Humour 130

Saving the Birds 131

Absolute Butchery 136

Plumassiers 145

The Feather King 147

Monsieur Methot 148

Canada's 'Greatest Store' 149

Maison Lemarié 150

The Amazing Coco Chanel 151

Paranoia? 156

Lost in Time 157

Down with the Hun! 171

Keeping the Presses Rolling 172

Gilding the Lily 173

From the Trenches 178

Hope for the Birds! 180

Appendix 1 Hats, Fasion and Textiles Around the World 181

Appendix 2 A Century of Bird Protection 183

Appendix 3 Museum, Fashion Archives and Societies 188

About the Author 191

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