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People have worn head coverings since the beginning of time. Historically, headwear
offered protection from the elements but later became more a symbol of status or
authority. These days hats have progressed into something of an art form. In fashion
terms, hats are such an eye catching accessory because they are perhaps the most
instantly noticeable of any fashion item.
Millinery has existed for centuries. The term milliner originally comes from the
travelling haberdashers from Milan. These travelling sales people selling their wares
were called ‘Milaners’ from which the word was eventually derived. The word milliner
was first recorded in the 1500's and it was the ‘milliner’ who made hats for women;
whilst the ‘hatmaker’ made hats for men.
By the late seventeenth century, women's headwear began to emerge in its own right.
By the mid 1800's, Swiss and Italian straws predominantly, together with a variety
of others, became more widely available in the making of women’s hats. Men's dress
hats such as the boater, homburg, and fedora also came more into vogue towards the
end of the 1800’s. This marked the emergence of a new social informality and a less
rigid class structure and by the early 1900’s these hats were being widely worn by