I spent the day at Hat Works, Stockport today doing some research work and looking at helping out in a voluntary capacity. So I learned how to get onto the database and where the research facilities were. then a sheath of queries in hand off i went. It was truly fascinating, like being a millinery detective, so much more I need to learn. First off looking at the origination of The Piccadilly Managers Panama- from an advert in the 1950's, then the aging of a hat from a whistler painting, then where to look to make hats of the 1860's and before. Some answers and more suggestions as to where to look next.
Whilst there I got to see my colleague Sue Carter's hats in the Whats Hot collection space. Her hats inspired by chocolates and desserts are quite wonderful, they are not there for much longer so f you can pay a trip to Hat Works.