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The Merry Widow Hat

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    September 2, 2016 1:53 AM EDT

    Did you know that the Merry Widow Hat was inspired by a play?

     

    Full article from Edwardian Promenade

    The Edwardian era was home to many fads and fashions which hearkened to bygone days, and the Merry Widow hat craze was no exception. The hat was just another part of the costume designed by Lucile for statuesque English theater star Lily Elsie, who was to play the main character, Hanna Glawari, in the 1907 English adaptation of Franz Lehár’s operetta, Die lustige Witwe. The play was an immediate sensation, and its wonderful, frothy signature tune, the Merry Widow Waltz, became the craze of the Season. However, it was the hat worn by Elsie, that black, wide-brimmed, hat covered with filmy chiffon and festooned with piles of feathers, became the look for fashionable women over the next three years.

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    September 2, 2016 1:56 AM EDT

    Here is another source of info for the hat from MyHeadCoverings.com

     

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    September 6, 2016 10:14 AM EDT

    Love the hats especially this last one and the dress is fantastic

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    September 7, 2016 6:01 PM EDT

    I wonder how much big hats like that weighed? Even a little weight must hurt your neck after a while. Love the one with the flowers. Nice item Sandy!

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    September 23, 2016 6:21 PM EDT

    I thought this was an interesting video on how to block a vintage hat!

     

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    This post was edited by Lora - CEO at September 23, 2016 6:22 PM EDT
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    September 23, 2016 6:41 PM EDT

    very cool