Going Out

021683PD: Ethel Chambers and Elsie Brockway, sitting on a wooden jetty, ca. 1908.


What kind of hat do you wear when you go out?

The style of hats worn has changed over time. Hats are a fashion item that are adorned when going out to formal occasions, like a wedding, and worn casually to places like the beach. The type of hat a person wears can identify their status in society. Rules about hat-wearing and dress code have varied over time and depending on occasion.


Focus questions

What can hats tell us about the person wearing it?

How has the purpose of wearing a hat changed over time?

Do you have a “going out” hat? For what occasions do you wear it?

Look closely at the photographs. Do you think people dressed more formally to go out in the past, than they do today? What are some examples of this?

033859PD: Studio portrait of Master O'Neil in fancy dress, Kalgoorlie

114742PD: Women modelling fashion

007803D: The Gilbert family picnic, probably Mahogany Creek ca. 1907-1908

229008PD: James Clarke at Bungulluping, near Bruce Rock

016503PD: Gervase Clifton and an unknown woman, 1929

152745PD: Tee Wah, 20 February 1904

033764PD: Studio portrait of the Campbell children dressed as bride and groom, Kalgoorlie

221399PD: Models displaying hats designed by Belle Gladstone

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