AB: Mackenzie – Hats and Bonnets

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Mackenzie, Althea. Hats and Bonnets, from Snowshill, one of the world’s leading collections of costume and accessories of the 18th and 19th centuries. London: The National Trust, 2004.

This small, square book offers a beautiful and surprisingly information pictorial survey of the history of hats and bonnets, along with other items of headwear, throughout two centuries. It is a very thorough survey, with many high quality photographs and excellent information, including a glossary. The images are primarily photographs of extant garments in the museum’s collection but there are period images as well. An extremely valuable resource, from a clearly valuable series. It was not recommended by anyone specifically but comes from the highly reliable British National Trust. It is not instructional but contains useful construction information. It has full color photographs throughout. There is no bibliography.

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