A history of the renowned 20th century millinery shop, with over 500 illustrations. This publication showcases the career of Chicago milliner Benjamin B. Green-Field, who viewed fashion with a sense of humor, creating extraordinary confections designed to amuse the viewer and express an aspect of the wearer’s personality.
Author Elizabeth Jachimowicz has mined a variety of sources including photographic and newspaper archives, along with extensive Bes-Ben business records housed at the Chicago History Museum, to put together this narrative. Illustrated with images from both private and public collections, the book contains a substantial catalogue of the milliner’s oeuvre. It is designed to both entertain the casual reader and to provide detailed information for scholars seeking to identify specific hats. It will also serve as an inspirational resource for students and designers.