Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – In My Easter Bonnet

Submitted by Allee Willis April 4th, 2010
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Once again I don the Easter bonnet I made to go to my friend April Winchell’s mother’s house Easter, 1998 where she had a smorgasbord of international foods, the unrecognizable contents of which were festooned with name tags stuck into the dishes on popsicle sticks, an excellent sign if one likes a side of Kitsch with their holidays.

This was the first Easter bonnet I ever wore, modeled with the Sears Easter Bunny in Detroit in 1952. It was storebought and wasn’t very Eastery. I vowed to have more festive haberdashery after that.

My current chapeau is made of foamcore, eggs, chicks, peeps, bunnies, roosters, shredded cellophane, bagels and about 10 pounds of hot melt glue. It has held up remarkably well over the years .

There were recipes for “Eggs In Exciting Ways” from a vintage cookbook under the brim.

I’m wearing the bonnet now and having a very Happy Easter. I hope you are too.

7 Responses to “Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – In My Easter Bonnet”

  1. Allee Willis

    Happy Easter to all!

    And thank you, aKitschionado Denny, for posting all the Easter that the Cape has to offer today in the Kitschenette. Other than my Easter bonnet with a bagel thrown in for the Chosen People it’s all Denny/ all day today.

  2. denny

    I feel much better knowing that I am not the only one that will sit around on occasion taking pictures like this. This hat is absolutely brilliant and I am blown away by the love, hard work and kitsch that sits a top your head. If I ever get out and visit, can I please have a photo op with this hat on? Then again, my head is the size of a cinder block and I’m not sure if it would work. Happy Easter to everyone who visits and the Kitschenette.

    • Allee Willis

      I remember being VERY happy with my hat. It wasn’t an Easter bonnet but it was freezing in Detroit that day and my mother had just bought me the hat. It had the little brown fake fur-ish material which you can see along the brim and a little blue knit cap attached to it. Even at that age I remember being completely aware of how good the hat would look next to the Easter Bunny as the photo was being taken.

      • windupkitty

        there is no doubt in my mind that you knew how extremely cool that photo would be! and yeah, that hat is definitely one i would have wanted…….i have so many vintage hats though, they’re taking over my life!