Thursday, May 28, 2015

Draped in Swag: 15th Century Inspiration

Madame Agnes hats at the Grande Course de Haies, Paris France, 1938
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Madame Agnes was a French milliner who designed hats from the late 1920's until the 1940's. She became sought after for her experimental surrealistic style. In the 1930's she began designing hats that were softer and often draped. The unusual-shaped, dramatic draped hats shown in the above photo might have well been inspired by the draped and swagged headdresses worn by women in the 15th Century.

15th Century draped headdresses.
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Inspiration can come from many sources, even draped in the past.

"To understand fashion's present and future, it is therefore necessary to possess knowledge of it's past"   Benjamin Wild, fashion historian

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