Click photo to enlargeNot only did they utilize feathers, but sometimes the entire bird! The latter half of the 1930's showed a variety of hat styles like this unusual white feathered bird hat. Photo from a Vogue 1936 Elizabeth Arden make-up ad.
Click photo to enlargeVogue says: "You'll be preening your plumage, this autumn - what with feathers on practically every other hat." That was the caption for this wonderful illustration by Eric from Vogue, 1938. The black felt tricorn hat is from Louise Bourbon.
Click photo to enlargeHere is a sensational Vogue cover from 1939. The fur and feathered tilt hat is by John Frederics. Photo by Horst.
Click photo to enlargeThis show-stopping, mustard colored felt hat with fabulous ostrich feathers dates from the late thirties, early forties. Maker unknown. From my private collection.
Click photo to enlargeOlive green feathers completely cover this fantastic hat. Note the two delightful birds in the front. Labeled: Northridge, New York. Circa 1940's. From my private collection.
Click photo to enlargeTurquoise feathers overlay this smart black felt tilt hat. Circa 1940's Maker unknown. From my private collection.
Click photo to enlargeMichelle Tibbetts designed this marvelous, miniature, feathered, cocktail hat for Jose Ferrand's "Cognac Evening" ensemble. Circa 1951. From the Gene Marshall Collection by Ashton Drake. OOAK necklace and fur from PD Root. My model/muse is Gil-ty Girl Gene Marshall from Integrity.
Click photo to enlargeHere is a feathered hat I designed for Ashton Drake's "Fit For a Queen" suit ensemble. Fur from Affordable Designs. My model/muse is Integrity's Blush Gene Marshall. Hair by Jim Gaddis.