A Victorian Fashion History Mystery…

Félix-1863     Félix-1869     Félix-1860s

From time to time, we come across beautiful items in our collection that cause us to stop, take note, and delve more into their history.  These dainty and diminutive sketches of Victorian millinery may have been executed by Auguste Félix, or the designs of a milliner of that same name, for the firm Poirier.  Examples are also found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but our research reveals little else about Félix or Poirier.

Felix-1866     Félix-1862     Félix-1866-2

Can anyone help us solve this fashion history mystery? We know you Material Mode readers are crackerjack fashion historians!


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