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23rd February 2024

Emmeline Pankhurst knew how clothes could attract attention and make a statement. Her huge, almost sculptural hats were extravagant, flamboyant, and often topped with ostrich feathers dyed purple. One of these feathers is in the collection of the Museum of London, and the full story of the fashion for hats with birds' feathers (which led to the founding of what is now the RSPB) can be found in Tessa Boase's book Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and Feminism - Women's Fight for Change (2018).

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