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

(from dovima_is_devine_II flickr)