I always get excited when I have the opportunity to view vintage millinery. I'm amazed with the workmanship found in vintage couture millinery. These vintage hats really represent the art of millinery; they represent a time in history before couture millinery and glue gun was not mentioned in the same sentence, and before imagination and copycat didn't mean the same thing.
I learn so much when I turn over a vintage hat. I learn millinery techniques such as stitching, various ways of securing hats, trimming, finishing techniques, and how various foundation materials were utilized. Finally, I receive fresh ideas, not to copy but to build upon. Look beyond the style of these hats; look at the workmanship and learn from the past. Enjoy!
To view more Bes-Ben images, follow my link under Millinery-Related & Other Links of Interest in the right sidebar. For more information regarding the Bes-Ben label and the milliner visit the Benjamin B. Green-Field Foundation site. Also, sit in on a taped interview with Raymond Hudd; see sidebar. Hudd was influenced, in part, by Bes-Ben. Please, you have to see Hudd's work; this is the dessert!