noun • a person who makes or sells women's hats
Origin: late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘native of Milan’, later ‘a vendor of fancy goods from Milan’): from Milan + -er
- From the Oxford English Dictionary.
Hats have featured in societies from early human history. From use as protection against the elements, they evolved over time to comprise status symbols, religious attire, national dress, a mark of respect, a political statement, and a fashion accessory.
In early days, hats for women often took the form of veils, caps and hoods. It wasn’t until the late 17th century that hat making for women became a discipline of its own, with the evolution of the craft of millinery.
From bonnets trimmed with ribbon, fascinators finished with feathers, wide brimmed hats topped with flowers, brimless caps and lace, the styles and sizes of hats were limitless. While hat wearing in Western society declined after World War II, the craft of millinery continued, and craftscotland now represent practising milliners across Scotland.