Very Good. Item #6066
New York: The Illustrated Milliner Company, 1927 . Tall Quarto; 64 unnumbered pages, coated paper, printed obverse only. Every other leaf shows a full-color historical and anthropological array of headdresses. Burgundy boards with shortened title—"History of Millinery Fashions"—in gilt on front panel.
Contemporary binding is soiled and darkened with faint remains of water stain to lower third of front panel. Spine crown and foot, and all corners, show fraying, but joints and hinges robust. Signature of previous owner, Dr. Riley D. Moore, on front free endpaper. Moisture reached the pages but left them nearly untouched apart from minor seepage of board cloth color onto textblock edges.
This survey of millinery comprises 16 reprinted 2-page features that first appeared regularly in the monthly periodical "The Illustrated Milliner: The American Authority on Millinery" (Vols. XXVIII and XXIX, Sep. 1927-Dec. 1928). Each pair of pages consists of a full-page historical introduction and fashion analysis, followed by a full-page table of visual examples.
The reprints from the periodical are ordered geographically and historically, roughly East to West, Ancient to Modern. Footers on the pages, originally part of the monthly periodical, are out of calendar sequence to accommodate the geo-historical sequence of this compiled presentation.
Paul Louis de Giafferi was a prolific clothing historian in the early 20th century. His monthly features heightened the scholarly status of what was a trade and mercantile publication. Note that the images, all mannequin-ized, and somewhat Westernized, make use of then-current templates for Asian, Middle Eastern, and African facial types.
Dr. Moore, the previous owner, was an early 20th-century osteopathic physician of some stature, and a collector and contributor to Smithsonian anthropological collections. Presumably his anthropological interests explain his owning this frolic and detour into fascinators, toques, and other mysterious objects on the tops of ladies’ heads.