Murderous Millinery


A woman with a bird hat made of ostrich feathers. ullstein bild / Getty Images

From the 1870s to the 1920s, millions of women embraced the fashion for ornamental plumage and as a result millions of birds died for it.

Additional Reading

  • Doughty, Robin. Feather Fashion and Bird Preservation: A Study in Nature Protection. Berkley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1975.
  • Doughty, Robin W. “Concern for Fashionable Feathers.” Forest History Newsletter vol. 16, no. 2, 1972, pp. 4–11. www.jstor.org/stable/4004150.
  • Hornaday, William T. Our Vanishing Wildlife: Its Extermination and Preservation. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1913.
  • “Murderous Millinery,” New York Times, July 31, 1898, 15.
  • Patchett, Dr. Merle. Fashion Feathers: Dead Birds, Millinery Crafts and the Plumage Trade.” www.fashioningfeathers.info, March 8, 2018.
  • Stein, Sarah Abrevaya. “‘Falling into Feathers’: Jews and the Trans‐Atlantic Ostrich Feather Trade.” The Journal of Modern History vol. 79, no. 4, 2007, pp. 772–812. www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/521065.