Madame Agnes was born in France in the late 1800's. She was France's most popular milliner, famous for cutting the brims of her hats while they were worn by her customers.
During the 30's, hats were literally the pinnacle of fashion and a lady would no sooner go out without her hat, than without her dress.
Madame Agnes was trained under Caroline Reboux, and established her own salon in 1917 on the rue du Faubourg St. Honore in Paris, the street where all the great couturiers had their salons. She had an awareness of the art of the period, namely Surrealism and she brought a Surrealistic touch to the traditional plumage of birds.
As the 20's moved into the 30's, the hats became smaller and away from the face, like this beret of 1931 made by Madame Agnes.
Madame Agnes retired in 1949, and died a short while later.