At the turn of the century Edwardian ladies turned to the 18th century for inspiration. They saw that their ancestors wore towering wigs with all manner of items tucked away on top of their heads so why not bring that trend back?
But instead of hair why not give it an original spin and make it hats!!!! Ok, ok so thats not really what happened!!! But the truth is quite droll so I decided to make it more interesting!!!
All manner of items went into the hats (certainly not in the true Rococo spirit but props to the ladies for their creativity) entire birds (we all saw the unfortunate outcome for the birds on the hat a few pages back), fruit, feathers and taffeta (darling!) But as the hats grew larger (and larger) the hatpins did too!
“A wealth of evidence from the period demonstrates that hatpins were popularly regarded as secret weapons, and indeed as “every woman’s weapon” against the depredations of hooligans and ill-mannered brutes. Laws against hatpins of “excessive length”, or the wearing of hatpins without protective stoppers, were proposed in Hamburg, Berlin and New York among other cities. At least ostensibly, these laws were intended not so much to ban the use of hatpins in self-defence as to mitigate the incidence of accidental hatpin related injuries inflicted upon blameless fellow passengers in crowded tram-cars.”
The suffragettes in London used their hat pins against the bobbies and women used them fights and muggings.
In the photo you can clearly see one of her hat pins sticking out! Some hat pins measured over 13”!