Oct 7, 2008

Oh So Stylish 1940s Millinery

1940s Hats were inspired. Maybe it was the war time restrictions on the amount of fabric in the clothing itself and the effect that had on garment design that put the emphasis on hats. Maybe it was the shift toward very tailored suits. Maybe it was the need to express femininity. Or even the need for a bit of gaiety and escape in time of war. Or maybe it was just a golden era of exuberant headwear.
Any way about it, 1940s millinery work is often striking. Abstraction, surrealism, realism - you can find all the movements expressed in felt, flowers and tulle.

This month we feature 5 1940s hats. All available at pastperfectvintage.com

1940s chocolate brown felt hat with realistic floral halo

1940s fuschia felt hat with surreal felt gingko leaves

1940s light olive felt wide brim hat with abstract shapes

1940s green velvet toque with veiling & whimsical pansies


Some Like it Vintage said...

Those hats are stunning! Sometimes I wish hats would come back as a staple fashion piece - it would be fabulous to wear a work of art atop our heads!

Stacey said...

Wow! I just found your blog through the Vintage Traveler... I can't wait to read your archives. What great information and images!

Past Perfect Vintage Clothing said...

thank you!

and I want my 1980s felt hats back - they kept me warm and stylish!