Thursday, 3 December 2015

Veiling on hats

Although I’m concentrating on wedding style veiling for my next project I’m a great fan of veiling on hats. These drawings all come from an excellent book called ‘The mode in hats and headdresses’ by R Turner Wilcox and show a variety of different designs from the early twentieth century. I particularly like the use of patterned lace or spotted veiling covering the face as the contrast with the skin hidden beneath the fabric is so flattering. That of course is the role of veiling in these fashions – both to reveal and conceal at the same time thus adding a sense of mystery and allure to the wearer. Wearing a hat with a veil is also something of an art, as vision is impaired, even if only slightly, and eating or drinking almost impossible. However there is nothing more glamorous than a veiled hat.


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