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As ladies’ hats grew wider and increasingly plate-like during the 1890s, crowns and brims were literally heaped with complex arrangements of bows, flowers and plumage – so much so that it is difficult to find an image of a fashionable late-Victorian hat that doesn’t feature feathers, wings or a whole bird.

As ladies’ hats grew wider and increasingly plate-like during the 1890s, crowns and brims were literally heaped with complex arrangements of bows, flowers and plumage – so much so that it is difficult to find an image of a fashionable late-Victorian hat that doesn’t feature feathers, wings or a whole bird.

Beautiful and varied fashionable hat designs for women, during America's Gilded Age. "Standard Designer", April, c.1897. Print by: Everett ~ {cwl} ~ (Image: fineartamerica)

Beautiful and varied fashionable hat designs for women, during America's Gilded Age. "Standard Designer", April, c.1897. Print by: Everett ~ {cwl} ~ (Image: fineartamerica)

Always match your shoes to your purse, and your dead bird to your blouse.  Bird on hat. Lucille Ball, 1940s.

Always match your shoes to your purse, and your dead bird to your blouse. Bird on hat. Lucille Ball, 1940s.

Coco Chanel famous Little Black Dress - Art Deco Fashions    From all the women - Thank you Coca Chanel for the little black dress and costume jewelry.

Coco Chanel famous Little Black Dress - Art Deco Fashions From all the women - Thank you Coca Chanel for the little black dress and costume jewelry.