Mamie's Hats 1914-1960: A Social History Through Hats

Mamie's Hats 1914-1960: A Social History Through Hats



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Susan Lilly

Susan Lilly

Owner of WeavingRoomPress

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I wrote this account of my family’s fashion styles based upon an extensive collection of family letters illustrated with photos, period catalogs, magazine ads, and color images of 61 family hats that I retrieved and restored.

This is history viewed from the family level across five decades spanning events such The Great Depression and WWII reflected in fashion and styles with a focus on the hats worn, both bought and created, by my maternal Grandmother Mamie and the generation that followed.
150-page book - PDF file

The Family Album
Charles Dana Gibson
Mamie’s Magazines
The Toque
Mamie’s Wedding
The Honeymoon
Visits to Pittsburgh
The Cloche
Coco Chanel
The Move Back Home
The New York Garment District
Home Sewing
Children’s Fashion
The Slouch Hat
College Wardrobe
The Utility Scheme
The Pork Pie
National Recovery Act
The Beret
Elisa Schiaparelli
The Doll Hat
French Fashion Industry
War Privations
The Military Influence
Bill and Judy Get Engaged
Home Made Hats
The Boater
Bill and Judy’s Wedding
The Panama
The Bonnet
Tyrolean Hat
Théâtre de la Mode
Christian Dior
Close Hats

Susan Lilly:
I am a former costume designer (twenty-four years) who is fascinated with the minutia of daily life, and the social meaning of material culture.

Coco Chanel
"It is in paintings or in family albums that traces of true fashion are to be found."