In July 1961, an Associated Press photographer stopped by a showcase of autumn and winter fashions in Florence, Italy. Hats were apparently of particular interest. It is not an exaggeration to describe the results as magical.

This one’s made of tulle, ostrich feathers, chenille, and a devil-may-care attitude toward peripheral vision.

This one should come with a warning about allergins.

The resemblance to a spray-painted chrysanthemum is really uncanny.

Ma’am, someone has put an arrow through your hat.


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Photos via AP Images.