The Costume Gallery Presents:
A Year in Fashion: 1870
History of Bonnets

Bonnet: #1
Date: 18th Century

The first actual and proper bonnet we meet with is illustrated on the right. It represents a noble French lady of the eighteenth century. Her hair is cut half short and slightly curled over the temples, and on her neck hangs in two large ringlets. Over this she wears a cap of batiste, or lawn, made round, and with three or four frills of lace. Her bonnet is exactly like an enormous cocked hat, and was a flattering tribute of regard to Napoleon the Great.

Its material is black velvet; a rosette of crimson satin ribbon loops the broad brim, and a plaiting of crimson piece satin shows above the peaked flap over the face. Three feathers, the largest white, the second yellow, and the last crimson complete the monstrous structure.

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