Hats always capture my imagination and I truly try to wear hats as often as possible. And vintage hats are so wonderful because hats were worn daily, literally the crowning accessory to any outfit.
There were numerous hats included in the Emmy exhibit and especially memorable were the Boardwalk Empire hats. The show takes place during the 1920s which was a time of great hats. However imagine my surprise when a guard ( who was watching me suspiciously because I stood ogling a Boardwalk Empire hat for about 10 minutes ) informed me there was an entire separate exhibit of hats!
In a not very noticeable small room off the main exhibit there are 25 hats, bonnets, cloches, and toques spanning over 100 years from 1815 to 1930. The hats are a small part of the Helen Larsen Historic Fashion Collection which FIDM is working feverishly to acquire.
The exhibit is mainly hats, with some period photos, interesting hat accessories, and a few mannequins in outfits to complement the hat.
This hat is labeled J.W. Robinson Co. and is from Los Angeles, California dated 1917. The hat is made of metal sequins, silk velvet, and lacquered stripped ostrich feathers.
I also love the tassels on the collar points because currently I am quite mad for tassels.
This bonnet is from Great Britain around 1830. Bonnets were so darn practical and it's a shame now only babies get to wear serious bonnets. Although I guess sun hats evolved from bonnets.
Anyways, I obviously downloaded these images from the FIDM website because no photos were allowed :( There are many more dynamic hats on display.
The exhibit is ' A Century of Millinery Style: Hats from the Helen Larsen Historic Fashion Collection 1820's-1920's ' showing until October 20, 2012. And admission is free!
More info at fidmmuseum.org/exhibitions/current/