Cruel Fashion

Aug 31, 2020

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Woman were blamed for their heartlessness in wearing hats covered with the feathers and body parts of cruelly harvested wild birds. But with time, knowledge of the consequences of this practice prompted many socialites and educated women into campaigning against this practice. We spoke earlier of Boston socialite Harriet Hemenway who used invitation to tea parties to convince nine hundred equally influential woman to join her campaign against feathers in fashion. With the widespread authority that the Audubon society was receiving, women promoted Audubonnets – hats that were decorated with ribbons and lace. Florence Augusta Bailey promoted citizens to study birds through her writing, published in the book Birds Through an Opera Glass. And adored German opera singer Lilli Lehmann, with a commanding presence, would give autographs if fans agreed to stop using feather to an effort to be glamorous.