The Hats (and Hair Ribbons) of Poldark

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  1. ellenandjim says:

    This is telling in its way. Mid-Georgian is good, but Federalist is an American term. The term “regency” can apply as of 1790 when George went mad for the first time, but is correct only as of 1793 when George was so far incapacitated that Pitt allowed the Prince to take over (Prince was a Whig, Pitt a Tory). Ross Poldark 1783-88, Demelza 1788-1790. Another form of headgear are the versions of cloth you see on women’s heads
    http://www.thrale.com/sites/default/files/images/hester_lynch_thrale_by_george_dance_1793.png

    http://images.rapgenius.com/7p1i4j0pmauwg6tce73t7tng7.1000x668x1.jpg
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-73oE5p14r1M/UGnCcRqFSpI/AAAAAAAAAtU/0jQYGaAfjfA/s1600/MmeRoland.jpg

    Hats in this era are political statements too. When Elizabeth has a tricorne it ought to suggest pro-American revolution but I doubt it.
    In 1795 Demelza has a couple of more Jacobin numbers. I’ll respond with a few of hers – in the first 8 episodes there are snazzy ones. They grow very fancy in the later episodes. Keren has some cloth numbers – it’s also cheaper. Ribbons were acceptable for the poorer – you got ribbons from peddlars.

    Ellen

  2. ellenandjim says:

    Here, quickly, found at random, a headscarf of the Jacobin type used in 1975:
    1975

  3. ellenandjim says:

    I’d like to say that I was wrong on the 1975 Keren. She never wears any hat — nor ribbon for that matter. This suggests her lack of conventionality but not in a positive way.

    Verity does have a spray of lovely pink flowers on her shoulder which is captured in another still of the same hat, close up. Maybe next season she’ll graduate into blue. Norma Streader as Verity typically wore teak blue. This new Margaret (by the way) resembles the previous actress, neither of them gaunt and gypsy-like in attire (and presumably headdress) in the way Margaret is described in the book..

  4. I had thought to make one more blog for this year comparing the 1975 to the 2015 Poldark mini-series, this one in response to Anibundel on the male hats and wigs and women s hats, wigs, hair ribbons of another survey of the earlier series. Enter your comment here.

  5. Michele Cox says:

    I want very nice hat in the picture above says that she’s very happy but still in bed where can I buy such hats?

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