Over 1.240 beautiful museum quality hats reveal the miliner's ingenuity from the the 1790s to the 1970s. Among the styles displayed are ascots, bourrelets, brigonnets, chapeaux rouges, nurses' hats, pamelas, pillboxes, toreodors, turbans and wedding hats. They are made with materials including felts, furs (real and imitation), and feathers, and are adorned with beads, flowers, sequins, and much more! The meticulously researched text provides an engaging retrospective of the millinery business. A precise glossary of terms is very useful to today's collectors and researchers. Prices reflecting the hat market today are in the captions. Vintage clothing collectors, dealers, historians, milliners and curators all will find this an essential and beguiling reference.