Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I have loved being a third generation milliner - and love all the history that goes along with that....this should be a wonderful opportunity for me to invite you into my world. As fate would have it - I am just too sick to be creative or interesting so I will simply invite you to read the last two posts which were both tributes to the amazing generations before me.

The above photo is the cover of a Chicago Tribune Magazine - it featured a story on American artist Aaron Bohrod. Mrs. Bohrod was a great client of mom's and grandma's and their visits to the store inspired him ......... he gathered all these pieces...ribbons, flowers, straw - even the wooden block - from the hat shop to create this still life for his painting "The Bonnet".

And just for fun...does anyone know where the term "milliner" was born?

The first people to plait straw to make brims and bodies for head wear were the hat makers in Milan, Italy - so they were the "MILAN ers". The English speaking world mangled that into "milliners"



Rita said...

How wonderful to be so creative and have such a long history to enjoy in a family business.

My folks were self employed as well but it did not require much talent and was certainly nothing the girls would have wanted for a career.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

WOW... now I have actually met a real Milliner!
What great history you have.

Happy Thursday!





Brian Miller said...

hope you feel better...interesting histry..and i love the coverof the magazine...hope you have a happy theme thursday!

willow said...

I also love that you're a third generation milliner! Fascinating.

Reya Mellicker said...

You should be proud. Hats are cool.

Betsy said...

Your work is beautiful and creative! What a wonderful theme for you! ;)

Christine H. said...

Third generation milliner. Simply amazing. Those were wonderful posts.