Edwardian Ladies Hat Fashions

Where Did You Get That Hat?

Peter Kimpton

* An insight into social history during the reign of Edward VII and the fabulous hat fashions which emerged during his reign.

* Fabulous images of amazing English and American Edwardian hatpins and glorious fashion postcards of the early 20th century.

* Goes 'behind the scenes' at the ostrich farms in South Africa and the millinery 'sweat shops'
Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images of the Past
Illustration :
150 illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473881297

Dimensions : 9.5 X 7 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 192
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Based upon the author’s large personal collection of beautiful fashion postcards from Edwardian times, this book takes the reader on a journey through that era – covering the hat fashions and social changes of the day. Delve further into the carnage that took place around the world, in which unscrupulous and money grabbing individuals from the Northumbrian coast in England to the Everglades in America, would callously slaughter whole colonies of birds (leaving their young to die) purely to provide the millinery trade with ornate feathers to decorate fashionable hats during that era.

The book also takes the reader into the world of millinery sweatshops of poverty stricken New York and describes the conditions and deprivations under which the poorly paid workers, many of them immigrants, worked. You can even learn about the background, history and amazing life of one of the world’s greatest fashion designers, Coco Chanel, as she set out on her lifetime of fashion in Edwardian Paris.

With superb fashion colou plates of the day, together with images of amazingly creative and colorful hat pins from both the UK and America, the author shares the fruits of his 40 years of postcard collecting and the highs and lows of his search for the 'Hats' postcards, as worn by his Edwardian 'girlfriends' from over 100 year ago.

About The Author

Peter Kimpton spent twenty-three years working with confectionery manufacturer John Mackintosh (subsequently Rowntree Mackintosh), twelve of which as UK Design Studio Manager and also spent several years working as a freelance design consultant.

He is the world’s only Christmas Cracker historian and has given lectures and written widely on the subject of Christmas Crackers in the press and media. For nearly forty years he has been a collector of beautiful hand tinted early twentieth century Photographic Glamour postcards. He lives in Norwich.


"This amazing book is not for students and lovers of fashion, rather it is a celebration of the incredible beauty of the Edwardian ladies who modelled the headgear referred to in the title. People like me, who luxuriate in the sheer beauty and drama of programmes such as Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge will, I suspect, be less interested in the hats and more interested in the array of beautiful ladies in this amazing collection. A real head-turner of a book!"

- Books Monthly

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