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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.

Newman Cabinet Card-Vintage Lady. Belle Epoque fashion. Coat and large brimmed hat with feather (even whole birds!) decoration.

Capa, Opera Emile Pingat (francés, activo desde 1860 hasta 1896) 1882 Cultura: Francés. Material: seda, pieles, plumas, metal. Dimensiones: 41 pulg (104,1 cm)