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Ladies Mourning Hats and Bonnets - Plate 2 - 1900-10

Illustrated Pâté of an array of mourning hats and bonnets worn in the autumn of 1900. Exquisite styles keep with the somber remembrance during this period of mourning.

Mourning Hats and Bonnets

FIGURE No. 5. -- Excellent style is expressed in this crape toque intended for deep-mourning wear. The crown is low, and the crane is smoothly arranged over it, also forming a drapery, while the rolled brim is covered with the same material laid in graceful folds.

Height is achieved by loops of the crape wired to a position at the left side and a large rosette. This smart toque, which would be becoming to almost every type, would be an appropriate completion either to a somewhat formal mourning gown or one in severe tailor style.

A face veil of Brussels net having a narrow border of crape would be a stylish adjunct with the mode.

FIGURE No. 6. -- The popular flat effect is exemplified in this hat, which is made of crape arranged in soft folds over the shape.

The hat suggests the walking type; the brim flares higher at the left side, where a large rosette of dull-finished black chiffon is placed against the crown, and a smaller rosette of the sheer textile is adjusted to rest on the hair at the side.

Soft silk without any luster could be used for the rosettes instead of the chiffon, and a dull-jet ornament added.

FIGURE No. 7. -- The widow's bonnet shown here is both attractive and thoroughly approved. It is made of crape disposed in narrow tucks over the frame, which is shaped to a point at the front.

The broad bow of crape adjusted in front constitutes the only trimming, a widow's ruché of white crape or crêpe lisse lending a pleasing note of relief. A long crape veil is pinned to the mode and falls over the back to the waist, and a short veil of net, edged with a border of crape, is intended to be worn over the face.

FIGURE No. 8. -- This modish toque is developed from dull-finished soft silk with trimmings of the same material. The silk is draped artistically over the small frame and arranged to give becoming height at the left side, where a large rosette made of the soft material is also disposed.

The rosette made of crape or dull-black chiffon would he equally approved and effective, while the entire mode could be copied in crape or chiffon for formal wear; the soft, flexible plateaux of felt can also be bent into this stylish shape.

"Mourning Hats and Bonnets," in The Delineator: An Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Fashion, Paris-London-New York: The Butterick Publishing Co. Ltd., Vol. LVI, No. 4, October 1900, p. 505.

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