A Century of Millinery Style: Hats from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, 1820s - 1920s is the latest installation in the FIDM Museum's Larson Gallery. Twenty-five rare women's hats, bonnets, and toques fill the gallery, offering visitors a chronological overview of 19th and early 20th century millinery fashions. Three fully dressed mannequins illustrate the relationship between hats and fashionable day dress. Period photographs highlight a range of millinery styles, from delicate to extreme. Two hat boxes, separated by 100 years, exemplify the large packaging needed to protect these expensive, and often fragile, creations.
The Larson Gallery is open July 31 – October 20, 2012, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Label: Harvey Nichols
London, England, c. 1916
Printed silk, cotton organdy & cotton floss
Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection; Proposed FIDM Museum Acquisition