This 1890s hat and muff set is made from the feathers of the Great Crested Grebe, a bird that was so desired for its use in fashion that its near extinction caused the formation of the The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The set was designed by Caroline Reboux, a famed Parisian milliner especially renowned for her use of feathers.


Woman at left wears an antelope beret by Reboux with a black astrakhan cape by Max; woman at right wears a grege angora beret rolled into a tricorne by Reboux with a breitschwantz and ermine cape by Max.

Image by Condé Nast Archive/CORBIS

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Estrella Boissevain at easel in a fashion shot, 1938. Photograph by Horst P. Horst.

Boissevain wears a Reboux hat and Cartier jewels. After Caroline Reboux’s death in 1927, the business continued under Mme. Lucienne. The shop was well known for making the fashionable head-fitting felt cloche as well as hats that were noted for profile brims, dipping low on one side, forward-tilt tricorns, open-crown lamé turbans, and flower bandeaus.