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Blog Hat History introduction

This Blog Hat History Introduction records that the French are renowned especially for a humorous loud look. Remembering the gigantic gallion mounted on top of a high wig which dominated any other persons that might be in the room. Comically even a tall step ladder was needed to adjust the top of some hats. Thus making a dangerous mission for a manservant.  Furthermore, some of the hats in the Vagabond era in France also had a comical appearance. Practically, since the beginning of recorded history head gear protected and adorned our heads.

Retrospectively, To go back to some French images in the 1700’s.  Some of the hats here still give the impression, that large ones were very important to the ego!   These ones are dated 1786.

Archive Prints for our Blog Hat History Introduction


Firstly, this print shows an enormous double brimmed top hat coupled with ribbons and bows. Additionally, a long veil at the rear and high bendy fronds were attached.


Blog Hat History Introduction
Artist Jacques Esnaut Design Rose Bertin 1786


Blog Hat History Introduction
Artist Jacques Esnaut by Rose Bertin 1786


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Artist Jacques Esnaut by Rose Bertin 1786


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Artist Jacques Esnut by Rose Bertin 1786

The above hat is possibly the only one which could be copied in style for today’s marketplace. Of course yes, a smaller version!

Continued Details – Blog Hat History Introduction

Unusual origins evolved from the history of Fashion Houses to the commencement of the French Millinery Trade.

Up until the late seventeenth century garments for ladies were made by men. These designers were not considered mentionable, and therefore many of their designs were anonymous. In old French journals and fashion books, it is hard to find the names of the actual designers on the bottom of the artists early drawings. Only the signature of the Artist, Printer, and the publication was shown. In the 1800’s the trades gave more details. Shops in Paris where merchandise for fashions could be purchased, textiles, lace, and ladies fashions of every kind and more evolved.

Early Women dressmakers did of course exist.  Their fine work was even preferred by the customers, but theirs was still a forbidden and dangerous trade. Hard to imagine now! Time and time again, the jealous tailors would burst into their workshops. Invoke the statutes, destroy the half-finished goods and impound their materials and stock.

Progress begins for the Milliners

Break-through at last, in the year 1675 the women plucked up the courage to take the decisive step. They sent a petition to the King, who was Louis XIV.  Asking that they should be allowed to make petticoats, peignoirs, skirts and other accessories. With the rider that – it accorded with propriety, chastity and modesty of women and girls. That they should be dressed by persons of their own sex! Leaning over the shoulder of the King, his secret second wife, the pious and prudish Mme. de Maintenon, read the petition.

There was no more hesitation, the women dressmakers appeal to morality was decisive. From then onwards they were allowed to found their own corporation. Following this, they invented a new profession, that of the Milliner, of the Marchand de Modes. Once they were firmly established the beginning of women expanding into the French fashion houses began.

Finally, it transpires that the birth of the female fashion trade was prompted by the wife of a king, and HAT Makers.  Similarly, not forgetting the talent and strength of determined French Dressmakers.



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