Fur, wool, silk hat, c. 1885. French. The style of this hat is based on men's headwear. The crown shape was popular in the 1880s. The hat matches well with the English tailor-made suit, a form that gained popularity at this time because it accommodated an increasingly active lifestyle. The medium, beaver was a sought after-material for millinery in the 19th century, preferred for its luster and elegant appearance.