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Virtual History Happy Hour: “Confections and Novelties: An Overview of 19th Century Hats”

March 18, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Virtual History Happy Hour: “Confections and Novelties: An Overview of 19th Century Hats”

Join us for a live review of women’s hats in the 19th century, including a look at antique pieces from the speaker’s collection and recreating the styles with both modern and Victorian methods. The discussion will include a look at original fashion plates and museum pieces to chart the course of style over the 19th century, touching on societal impact and the art of the hat itself. Attendees will see an 1850s drawn bonnet, 1880s straw summer caps, quilted winter hoods, a caned calash circa 1790-1800 and more. Learn about tremblants, wire frames, bonnet molds and millinery manuals. The presentation will include demos of some millinery techniques, reviewing both original and reproduction patterns, a close-up peek at original hats and recommendations on restyling or creating your own pieces.

All skill levels welcome, students will be able to experience both a lecture and a live workroom demo, all on-camera. A handout will be given for further reading and info.


About Our Speaker

Chantal Filson has been a professional costume designer for over 20 years, fueled by a deep obsession with the 19th century. Her love for design and puzzles led to the development of a hat pattern line based on Victorian fashion plates and original sources. In 2020 she founded Costume On: An Online Conference for Historical Costuming, an entirely virtual event with live teachers and museum curators that reaches students across the globe. She is primarily nocturnal, often covered with paint and absolutely loves to teach. Visit www.costumeon.com for more information about Chantal’s Costume On conferences and workshops.

How to Register

Reigstration for this event is free. Once you register, you will be sent information about how to access the webinar on the event date, including a Zoom link. A reminder with that same link will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

Pay What You Can

We are accepting donations for this event. If you are able to contribute today, we ask that you use this option to register. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10.

Your donation helps support the mission of Camron-Stanford House, and helps us to continue to provide programs just like this one! Donations provide funding for speaker honoraria, technology expenses, and much more that goes on behind the scenes to make these Virtual History Happy Hours possible.




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