Evening Bonnet: ca. 1880, French (probably), silk, birds, feathers, jet. "This evening hat features a dramatic use and placement of whole birds. Rather than being integrated into the shape of the hat, the birds, combined with the vertical point d'esprit are used to create a dramatic sense of upward movement and height." NOTE: Whole birds. Ew.
Hat- At this time, hats were lavishly trimmed and possibly adorned with cotton flowers, leaves, crushed fabric, stuffed birds and various feathers. This particular hat uses woven bast fiber that brings to mind a bird's nest. The design illustrates the popularity of using real birds as millinery trim. Date: ca. 1890 Culture: American Medium: bast fiber, cotton, birds, feathers