When I decided, a few months back, that I needed to make a copy of a 1780s dress that my sister Heather and I saw in the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, I didn't realise all the work it would entail. Of course, before starting on the dress, I would have to make the proper stays or corset to wear under the dress. As I am sewing those by hand, they are not yet finished. At some point along the way I thought it would be jolly to have a hat as well, and my fancy was taken with the Bergére hat, which was very popular throughout the 18th century.
|Susan (1735-1776), Sister of Sir Claude Champion de Crespigny, 1st Bt. |
Kelmarsh Hall Collection.
Bergére is the French word for shepherdess, and was the inspiration for the hat, emulating the idealised, pastoral look.
|British hat of raffia & silk, circa 1760.|
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
|A close-up of my ribbon work.|
|My completed Bergére Hat.|