Hats are the topping on the fabulous Victorian and Edwardian fashions.
From the bazaar to the elegant, enjoy viewing these gorgeous bonnets and hats by era.
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For the discussion of fashion there are five periods
Pre-War Victorian ~ 1837 through 1859 Civil War ~ 1860 through 1866 Bustle ~ 1867 through 1889 Gay 90's ~ 1890 through 1900 Edwardian~ 1901 through 1919
Photos prior to the 1860 are grouped with the Civil War era.
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Sometimes hat fashions extended from one era into the next. It was common for the decorative pieces to be modified over time to give an old hat a new look.
There were many hat styles that appear during each period. You will see several examples of these varying styles and may notice the transition between styles and periods can be somewhat blurred...as an example you may see a lady wearing a Civil War period dress with a hat that mirrors the same style of a hat worn by another lady in the early Bustle period. It appears hats were not necessarily discarded as the dress styles changed, they were apparently redecorated for use with the new fashions.