This gorgeous vintage men’s straw hat has been sitting around my studio for years just waiting to become something beautiful! I knew I wanted this hat to become something 1880s-ish but never had the occasion to make something from this period.
When Historic Rugby asked me to come to their site for a presentation on late Victorian era fashion, I knew my chance had finally come!
This hat was designed to be worn with an early 1880s natural form summer dress in the palest mint green with vintage hand knotted lace. The gown was to be accented with a peachy- pink sash so I chose to highlight that color palette in the ensemble’s accomplaying hat.
The beautiful aged patina of this “once” men’s topper is now a delicate and feminine 1880s summer hat. I think it needs some cream feathers. What do you think?