Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

Millinery Masterpieces

Have you seen that TV show about British headwear called The Crown?

Oh, sure, it’s about the tribulations of royals within an archaic aristocracy. It’s about how they cope with feelings of boredom and pointlessness while surrounded by so much luxury. Got it.

The hats, though!

Season 3 takes place from the mid 60s to the mid 70s. It’s a challenging time for millinery but the royals triumph over the hatless masses with great flair.

First, a young Princess Anne (played by Erin Doherty) pushes the concept of matchy-matchy to it’s absolute limit with this hybrid pillbox/snood confection:

Next, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, who’s consumed by seething jealousy of her sister. Here she is, expressing her ennui with debauchery, drinking and divorce while wearing these inexplicably wonderful fluffy hats.

Olivia Coleman plays the Queen as a woman who places duty over desire in all aspects of her life.

Here, she expresses a bit of whimsey with these playful yet dignified toppers:

Elizabeth may be the Queen but the supporting cast tends to outshine Her Highness sartorially.

Here we have some head-to-toe monochromatic splendor brought to us by a family who truly embraces their love of pastels. The Queen Mum, on the left, dazzles in an otherworldly woosh of acid green plumage while Margeret seems to have crossed a nun’s wimple with a powder room hand towel to cunning effect.

I will leave you with one last image. This creation draws inspiration from both old school leather football helmets and Roman centurions. It makes some sort of statement about power, the monarchy, seed pearls and winged creatures, all in one hat.

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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