Advert for Smith & Co, milliner 6417
Printer: W Warne & Clayton
Medium: Print on paper
Hats were an essential accessory for men and women alike in the Victorian era. There was a huge range of styles available and an even larger range of materials used to make them. Hats were now available in silk, velvet, taffeta, leather, felt, fur and straw. Particular hats were matched to particular social occasions, and tortuous rules of etiquette governed their wear and usage, especially regarding when and to whom one's hat should be doffed.
London was at the centre of Britain's fashion world, and designers from all over the country, and even mainland Europe, would travel to the city to see the latest models.