Ensemble, designer unknown

Ensemble, designer unknown

Day dress and hat
Dress, designer unknown, Hat, by Henry of London
About 1910
Great Britain
Museum no. T.23 & 105-1960
Worn by Miss Heather Firbank

Hats reached an immense size in the early 20th century. This very fashionable example from 1910 is made of a fine black straw. It has an outsize crown, which would have been supported by the piled-up hairstyles of the time. Long hat-pins would have secured the hat to the hair. Hats were often lavishly trimmed, and with its mass of purple cotton artificial flowers, this is no exception.