Posted by Jessamyn on February 03, 1998 at 23:27:07:
In response to Here's some more fruit, written by P. Bingham on February 02, 1998 at 23:31:41
] These hats were adorned with fake vegetation, not the real thing. Even the flowers would have probably been made of silk.
In fact, not only were the flowers (and fruit) invariably fake, they weren't even necessarily silk, although "crape" was a common material for the flowers. Flowers made out of feathers enjoyed quite a vogue; witness this exerpt from fashion-plate bonnet description of 1820: "The crown is ornamented with a full bouquet of flowers made of feathers." And a slightly later plate references "feather-flowers." Weird but true.
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