Travel: Legion of Honor, Degas and the Millinery Trade

We were lucky enough to catch the Degas show at the Legion of Honor fine arts museum in Lincoln Park as the show closed shortly after we got home to San Francisco.

It was a relatively small show but filled with exceptional pieces from around the world.  We appreciate the museum allows photography (without flash) for most images.  Here are some of our favorites.

In the late 19th century, propriety required a hat be worn outside the home.  Paris was the fashion capital of the world and the industry employed thousands of women from about 1870 to the end of World War 1.  By the end of the 19th century an additional 1 million women entered the workplace.

Poster art became popular.  More of our favorites.

In the last three decades of his life, Degas painted 27 paintings of millinery and milliners.

2 thoughts on “Travel: Legion of Honor, Degas and the Millinery Trade”

  1. I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A YOUNG GIRL THAT MY MOTHER HAD A COLLECTION OF CRAZY HATS AND SPOKE FREQUENTLY OF HER NEED TO GO TO THE MILLINER. FEATHERS AND FLOWERS WERE BIG ITEMS! I DON’T REMEMBER ANY BIRDS, BUT THOSE, TOO, PROBABLY APPEARED OCCASIONALLY.

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