Evening bonnet, silk, American

Evening bonnet

ca. 1802
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. M. Dow Brine, 1924
Accession Number:
Not on view
A well-preserved example of early 19th century headwear, this bonnet typifies a classic high-style shape of the period. The rich velvet and silk ribbon used would perfectly suit a formal evening ensemble, as opposed to the lighter cottons and linens frequently used in day bonnets and caps. Both the use of velvet and the orientation of the ribbons slightly mimic a Gothic Renaissance turban style which was well-liked at the time.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age Of Napoleon," December 13, 1989–April 15, 1990.

Brooklyn Museum. "For Heads and Toes: A Selection of Head and Foot Attire," November 13, 1974–March 31, 1975.

Kyoto Costume Institute. "Revolution in Fashion," April 4, 1989–May 28, 1989.