Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Big Hats 1910 and Hats and the Royals

My September 1909 Delineator Cover, on the wall. A  Paris fashion drawing, apparently.

See the hat? Edith Nicholson of Diary of a Confirmed Spinster bought a similar hat at Ogilvy's in Montreal in April 1910. I coloured it in, but it was a big black shape with pink flowers.

Women love their fashion, now and then.Threshold Girl (about Edith's sister Flora) has a lot of fashion images from the 1910 era from the Delineator.

Hats are not big now, figuratively or literally. Hair is the new hats. Only the Royals wear hats, and even now, the young Royals are shunning these stodgy fashions for those pretzel things that perch at the side of the head.

Beatrice and Eugenie at the Royal Wedding or maybe their cousin's wedding, the Pointe-Claire woman who married Princess Anne's son. 

Audrey Hepburn below. Acting Royalty in Oscar winning costume.

I was writing a few posts back about the stories Polly of the Circus and Anne of Green Gables, why one story is a classic and the other a flash in the pan. The Nicholson girls see the play Polly and the Circus in 1912. Like Anne  of GG, it is about a homeless but feisty waif but, but one who finds love and security in the arms of a 'superior' man. Hm. Come to think of it, that's the plot of Pygmalion, 1912. Pygmalion has lived on, mostly in the form of a Musical My Fair Lady. No one would argue that Pygmalion is a superior work of art to Polly of the Circus or Anne of Green Gables.

So girls in 1910 like Flora, Edith and Marion Nicholson were being fed a powerful message: it's OK to be strong-willed and have a strong personality, but the end result should always be love and marriage and domesticity. 

There's a great deal in the press about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee although the weather is making all those ridiculous hats droop a bit.   Here's a bit from a 1937 Marie Claire about Royalty and Hats.

The point of this spread: The Royals have always been behind the trends when it comes to Millinery. They don't set the trend.