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Vintage Fashion: Easter Bonnets Were A Big Deal In The 1950s

10/04/2014 14:38 | Updated 20 May 2015

Have you got your Easter bonnet ready? Probably not. However, back in the 1950s, Easter parades were an important part of a woman's social calendar and choosing a hat especially for the occasion was a big deal.

In fact, buying a new bonnet was seen as a real luxury and in 1947, over a million visitors travelled to watch the famous parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

The more elaborate the design, the better and the abundance of OTT headgear was all part of the spectacle at the Easter Sunday event. (We're talking even more out-there than the recent Ladies' Day hats from the Grand National.)

Don't believe us? Team MyDaily stumbled across this black and white video from 1953 and it's a vintage clip worth watching (if only to hear the male voiceover talk about marabou feathers and lilac blossoms in his dreamy American accent.)

Perhaps the Easter bonnet thing is a tradition we should bring back? After all, there aren't many opportunities when a girl can wear a sailor hat with a "jewelled garden of hanging African violets..."

Love vintage style? No 1950s look is complete without the right makeup. Take a look below for a quick masterclass in lashes, brows and lips... it's the best way to unleash your inner Bettie Page.

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