I am participating in a “Getting Dressed in XX place in XX year” video project for an upcoming event, and so I am back to pondering these hats. I have closely studied three dozen paintings including these hats because I still have not been able to make one I am happy with.
Some things I am sure of:
- They are creased in the front and rounder in the back.
- They have no visible attachment to the head.
- They sit up high on the head, you can always see the woman’s hair and tops of her ears.
- Often there is a narrow fabric “tail” hanging down from the back of the hat (possibly a clue as to how the hats are constructed).
- Hats are often covered in striped fabric pulled over the hat- the way the stripes run show the shape of the hat too.
- Most hats are white and/or gold.
- Rarely are they ornamented.
- Ornaments never stick out of the center/top of the hat.
- Sometimes there are aigrettes (Feathered ornaments) attached to the sides or bottom/center.
- Sometimes there is an additional veil attached to the back of the hat or a pearl chin-chain.
- The women’s hair is always parted in the center, without exception.
The things I still don’t know: what they’re made out of and how they keep the damn things on their heads, especially with the veils pinned on the back. This *without fail* drags the hat off my head backwards. Anyway, I am going to have to write this up in an actual paper at some point.