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This image shows a selection of hats from Powerhouse Museum’s collection along with hat boxes and display stands. These hats were made between 1900s and the 1960s and all but one were made in Australia.
For centuries hats were an essential fashion item with etiquette guides suggesting that it was ‘disgraceful’ for ladies and gentlemen to venture out without the appropriate hat for every occasion. For ladies of a certain social standing this could require several changes of hat (and outfit) per day. As a result hats were one of the most profitable lines for large and small retailers alike. Cities and towns had many specialist milliners catering to the needs of the fashionable man and woman.
Hats went out of fashion in the 1960s with the advent of ‘big’ hairstyles and casual dressing.
The Museum holds a large collection of hats and millinery equipment that collectively document changes in design and materials used in millinery.
Post by Lynne McNairn
Photography by Andrew Frolows
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