It’s hard to imagine some of these hats as suitable for fall and winter, but High Fashion isn’t supposed to be practical. The wind wouldn’t dare disturb a wealthy Parisienne.Most of these hats from Paris designers were featured in a two-page photo spread in Delineator, October 1912, pages 272 and 273.
A bigger, sheer layer softens the brim of several hats.“Evening hat of black and white Chantilly lace turned up at the back. The black lace is used over the white.” Two layers of Chantilly lace? Very extravagant! [This is the first time I have seen an evening hat this large! And the model is not dressed for evening, is she?]
The fabric called Georgette, a crepe-like chiffon, was named after this designer. Georgette de la Plante, who was quite popular in the 1910s and 1920s.
Those gigantic hats got my attention, but there were more practical hats from chic designers:Flowers or feathers worn under the brim instead of on top of it could be very charming.
If you weren’t attracted by extremely wide hats, extreme height was also an option:I do like the delicate sheer frill at her wrist, in contrast to her suit. All those photographs were taken by l’Atelier Taponier.
This hat from Doeuillet is another that must have required wearers to calculate the clearance on doorways and cabs very carefully.
Naturally, the illustrators working for Butterick’s Delineator magazine tried to keep up with the latest hat styles.
But the hat shown in the cover illustration for October 1912 was much simpler and smaller (and sportier) than the Paris hats inside the magazine.
Edit 9/18/19 Here is a full length picture of the blue suit and hat from October pictured above:
8 responses to “Autumn Hats from Paris, 1912”
Thank you for another beautiful post. the cost must have been breathtaking for all that chantilly lace. A question, though: most models seem to have short hair. What keeps a hat like this on your head, particularly at a flattering angle, if no hat pin can be employed?
I guess I should collect some photos of 1912 hair. In fact, long hair was still the norm — very long hair, worn “up” if you were an adult, plus additions called “switches.” After some women adopted short hair during WW I (1914-18 in Europe) hair might be cut shorter around the face (bangs, for instance) while the sides and back remained very long, like this 1917 ad for hairnets. So, in 1912, very long hatpins were skewered through the hat and hair. I just found this delightful article at atlas obscura. (I had not realized that there was anti-hatpin legislation!”
Thanks for educating me about the origin of georgette.
My grandmother-in-law was married in 1912, and in her wedding photo she looks as if there is an upturned pot on her head!
Could i have the full image of this
Please don’t ask for pictures. It takes a lot of time to locate them, resize them, and then, since I can’t link to images that are not online, I would have to add it to a post, as I am doing just this once! And only because I see that Hathi.org did not notice that this page was missing from the Delineator it scanned.
P.S i wonder Did
I wonder did tam-o-shanter become popular in 1912
The Tam-o-Shanter was originally worn by Scottish men and soldiers. (Click here.) Women also wore it before 1912, and it remained in style through the 1910s, the 1920s and could be made from sewing patterns and later. In December 1912, when huge hats were in fashion, tams were recommended for wear to the theater unless you had a box seat, because huge hats were a problem in the seats that were close together. Tams were also worn in the 1930s, and never really stopped being worn. Sometimes tams were called berets; tams can be knitted or crocheted, so they rarely disappear completely.