I just added this chic hat to Past Perfect Vintage. So what makes it special? It's another velvet toque. First it's 1890s, so it's 120 years old. The draping in the velvet is wonderfully done, and extends into a wired "feather" that gives this small hat the vertical line of 1890s millinery. The hairstyles and hats of the mid 1890s emphasized height rather than width. Big width would come later in the era and continue into the Teens. But with the huge sleeves of 1893 - 96, a really wide hat would have been too much horizontal emphasis at the top of the body. The sleeves created wide shoulders and the bell skirt created a wide hem, so waists, wrists, and heads were neat and small.
Then there is the subtle coloration and variety of texture. The plush velvet is silk and a subtle sage tone, with 2 taupe real feather wings, and a shiny black silk stain ribbon rosette for punctuation. So many hats that have survive dintact are black, that it's areal treat to see on in a color!
Antique 1890s Victorian Sage Green Velvet Hat with Wings
now available at Past Perfect Vintage