Edwardian Inspired Portrait Hat

Edwardian Inspired Portrait Hat

325.00

At the height of the Edwardian era, about 1912-18, hats were at their most ostentatious in terms of size and decoration. This is the last in the collection of my hand blocked sinamay straw hats, inspired by the Gilded Age, and the much loved PBS series, Downton Abbey. One needs only to think of the enormous Gainsborough hat made popular by the portrait of Lady Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, painted by Sir Thomas Gainsborough. 
An earlier ostentation, revived by the Edwardians. I have lovingly handblocked this luscious shade of lavender sinamay, on vintage hat blocks, and trimmed it with a beautiful piece of antique lace around the crown, (please note, future hats will have a different piece of antique lace), with a sweet row of floral ribbon garland. A charming nosegay of ribbon chrysanthemum, organza azaleas, and paper forget-me-nots, accent the side of the hat, while whispy tendrils of ostrich fronds, tumble off the side of the brim. All hand finished. No glue is used in the making of this hat!!
A discrete millinery elastic worn under the hair, helps to keep the hat in place, in case of an unexpected gust of wind.
NOTE: This hat is currently a made to order piece. Please convo me with your head measurement--taken over the ears, over the eyebrow line, and the fullest part of the back of your head, PLUS one finger for comfort. Not too tight!!

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