Silk Flowers and Feathers: Reimagining a Regency Bonnet

how to make a regency bonnet

My regency headpiece was a university project under the mentoring of the milliner Claire Strickland. I based my research on a visit to Sands Films library at Rotherhithe in London which is an incredibly valuable resource. One could spend days going through all of the fashion plates they have! Eventually I decided to construct the bonnet … Read more

Silk Top Hats are the Bitcoin of Antiques

Antique top hat

Few accessories seem quite as evocative as the silk top hat. As the essential headwear of Victorian gentlemen and a modern statement of aristocratic wealth, the silk top hat now faces a sad decline as the few limited examples large enough to fit modern heads mean the style is set to become even more exclusive. … Read more

Indy’s Hat Lives on Beyond Borsalino

The iconic Italian hat maker Borsalino has declared bankruptcy with £16m owed to creditors. Some sources including the Daily Telegraph have suggested that the firm was behind the iconic Indiana Jones fedora but this was actually Herbert Johnson in London. The military hatter continues unabated and the original Indy hat the “Poet” is still available … Read more

How Toxic is Your Hat?

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Have you ever stopped to think about your favourite vintage hat and its connection to the original Mad Hatter in 1865? Fear not for this is not the Daily Mail health column but just a century ago literally thousands of hat makers received chronic exposure to mercury fumes when felting rabbit furs to make headwear. … Read more