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Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade—A PICTORIAL

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Fin de siècle Paris was the global center of the fashion industry, hosting close to one thousand milliners between the years of 1870 to 1914. These artists created a rich and diverse array of headwear typically covered with such extravagant trimmings as silk flowers and ribbons, ostrich plumes, and even whole birds. The millinery shop, which functioned both as a studio for hatmakers and a boutique for stylish patrons, reflected the culture of consumerism and spectacle developing at the time. The Impressionists, who avidly chronicled contemporary life, explored the subject of hatmaking in its myriad aspects and appreciated milliners not just as aesthetic subjects but as fellow artists with admirable creative skills. Edgar Degas explored the theme with exceptional intensity in numerous paintings, pastels, and drawings. Published on occasion of an exhibition co-organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade is the first publication to examine fully the making of both fashionable hats and avant-garde pictures in the French capital during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Softcover .