Headturners: Millinery Fashion

Headturners

Expressions of Social Change through Millinery Fashion

For centuries hats and bonnets have conveyed non-verbal meaning ranging from social rank to modesty. Hats were once a mandatory element of a respectable woman's wardrobe, and have since become sartorial rarities. In this sampling of rarely viewed millinery objects from the NHS collection, the impact of social and political events are reflected in the design of each hat.