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Frontispiece of Masquerades, Tableaux and Drills, published by Butterick in 1906.
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June 7, 2011


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Is this the grand tradition that inspired Princess Beatrice's wedding hat?

You have to wonder! But no, I think it's in the general Victorian tradition of elaborate hats taken to a masquerade extreme. Beatrice's hat looks to me like it was inspired by a heraldic knot of the type found on the top of ladies' lozenges (used instead of a shield-shape to display a heraldic device).

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