Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Merry Widow

And....I'm back.

More than a year since my last post. How is that even possible? Illness, a new job, two children, the ongoing antics of one crazy Weimaraner...take your pick.

In the past year or so I have become oh so fascinated with transitional decades. The Edwardwian Era aka the Gilded Age in particular has caught my attention.

It wasn't Downton Abbey that struck my fancy. Nope, it was the hats. The hats. The hats. The hats.

I love hats. When it comes to historical hats, I love sweeping brims and the swirl of ostrich feathers. I adore double brims softened with tulle. And, of course, I love The Merry Widow - so named for its appearance in the operetta as presented on the English stage. Designed by Lady Lucile Gordon Duff, worn by Lily Elsie, it is the stuff hat dreams are made of.

The Merry Widow hat

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