On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 four members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society drove to Las Cruces, New Mexico to the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library for a 2:00 PM presentation by Sheri Gaines of "100 Years of Hats".
Sheri is a collector and restorer of hats and this collection spans the eras from 1860 to 1960. Some hats were in perfect condition when she got them while others needed small to major repairs. Sheri started her presentation with her assistants passing out lovely cookies shaped like teapots and cups and they were delicious. She was dressed in an 1890's ensemble including a lovely black riding hat.
As she went through the first five eras describing hats, how to care for them and how to do some simple repairs, her assistants were also her lovely models. When she arrived at the 1900's, she took a break and returned dressed in a 1920's ensemble with a cloche hat.
I believe in this case, "a picture is worth a thousand words", as someone once said, so I will post the photos and let you see for yourself.
|Sheri Gaines attired in her 1890's ensemble|
|Model wearing an 1890's creation|
|These hats were not exactly worn with "Hatitude"|
|Model wearing an 1880's hat|
|Front view of 1880's hat|
|Isn't this a beautiful style Sheri wears!|
|Sheri is holding a 1920 Elsa Schraparelli hat|
|The Schraparelli hat as modeled|
|This is Sheri's grandfather's WWI hat|
|Model wearing a 1930's hat|
|Model wearing a 1940's straw|
|Another 1940 creation|
|Modeling another 1940's hat|
|Another 1940's fruit decorated hat|
|Late 1940's hat|
|This one reminded me of a toreador's hat|
|This is an interesting hat that must be kept on the head with a hat pin|
|Modeling a 1950's hat|
|Another 1950's cute hat|
|The beginning of the pill box hat in 1960|
|Garden Party 1960's hat|
|Another 1960's hat|
|Carla modeling the upside down planter hat|
|Gail modeling an 1870's hat|
|Trudy modeling the 1890 hat|
|Back in Alamogordo we see this goat in the back seat of a very nice car|
Before we went to the library, we stopped at Red Lobster for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves including decadent desserts but we only got two that we shared with each other.
|Vice Queen Donna Williams and Gail Swineford|
|Trudy Reese and Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr|