Easel Incorporated Costume Accessories

1890's Cloth and Felt Hats

A re-purposed black felt hat with a satin facing was used for this 1893 feathered style.
A re-purposed black felt hat with a satin facing was used for this 1893 feathered style.
Here's the image from Harpers Bazar that was in the inspiration for the hat.
Here's the image from Harpers Bazar that was in the inspiration for the hat.
The crown is flat, and the brim curls up.
The crown is flat, and the brim curls up.
The base of the crown is wrapped with fine black tulle.
The base of the crown is wrapped with fine black tulle.
Gold silk duppioni loops were formed with fine wire hidden under narrow black satin ribbons.
Gold silk duppioni loops were formed with fine wire hidden under narrow black satin ribbons.
Several vintage and contemporary black ostrich feathers were tucked in amongst the loops.
Several vintage and contemporary black ostrich feathers were tucked in amongst the loops.
A gold cord was knotted and placed at the join of the loops as a visual anchor.
A gold cord was knotted and placed at the join of the loops as a visual anchor.
The left side has less adornment than the right side.
The left side has less adornment than the right side.
The loops and feathers add the requisite height to this hat, typical of the 1890's
The loops and feathers add the requisite height to this hat, typical of the 1890's
The brim curls upward and is bent into a slight point at the front.
The brim curls upward and is bent into a slight point at the front.
From the underside you can easily see the satin facing on the brim, as well as the petersham ribbon that forms the inner hat band.ß
From the underside you can easily see the satin facing on the brim, as well as the petersham ribbon that forms the inner hat band.ß
Flat “boater” style hat made for “Klondike” mini-series 2013.
Flat “boater” style hat made for “Klondike” mini-series 2013.
Buckram frame is covered with shot silk taffeta.
Buckram frame is covered with shot silk taffeta.
Trimmed at the back with black silk velvet bow, ombré taffeta ribbon, green velvet flowers.
Trimmed at the back with black silk velvet bow, ombré taffeta ribbon, green velvet flowers.
Band is of black velvet ribbon.
Band is of black velvet ribbon.
Large “Picture Hat” made for “Klondike” mini-series 2013.
Large “Picture Hat” made for “Klondike” mini-series 2013.
Buckram frame covered with rust velvet, underside of brim is rust dupioni silk.
Buckram frame covered with rust velvet, underside of brim is rust dupioni silk.
Brim curls up of left side and down at the back.
Brim curls up of left side and down at the back.
Brim is flat on the right hand side.
Brim is flat on the right hand side.
Trimmed with plaid taffeta ribbon and soft pink roses.
Trimmed with plaid taffeta ribbon and soft pink roses.
Plaid ribbon is wired to give height to the hat.
Plaid ribbon is wired to give height to the hat.
This existing felt hat was trimmed for use in the TV mini series "Klondike" in 2013.
This existing felt hat was trimmed for use in the TV mini series "Klondike" in 2013.
Wired plaid taffeta ribbon was used to give the period height to the crown.  Green, cream, and rust flowers were added.
Wired plaid taffeta ribbon was used to give the period height to the crown. Green, cream, and rust flowers were added.
The back of the hat is plain, with the decoration concentrated in the front.
The back of the hat is plain, with the decoration concentrated in the front.
Green petersham ribbon goes all the way around the base of the crown.
Green petersham ribbon goes all the way around the base of the crown.

In the 1890's hats once again started to get larger.  At the very start of the decade they were still fairly close to the sides of the head and height was still important.   But as the decade went along, and as skirts returned to a more even fullness hats got wider until the early 1900's when the large "picture hats" and "Gibson girls" styles became popular.  Wider hats were needed in particualr to balance the wide "leg-o-mutton" sleeves worn strating in 1894. You can request a 1890's style hat for your production in any style.  A wide variety of vintage trims are available and any colour or shape of hat can be specified.  Most orders can be filled within a few days, depending on the size of the order.  Contact Easel Incorporated to have custom millinery work done for you!

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