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Stop trying to make #bonnetcore happen, its not going to happen

When I was young a period existed where I was obsessed with ribboned hats, to the point that I would take my fathers’ ties, put on any hat I could find, and fasten it to my head. Thankfully I grew out of this, but apparently not everyone has.

Bonnets are coming back into fashion, and we’re not entirely impressed. Though Life With Lemons adores eternal style and timeless elegance, we think the bonnet should be returned to Bo Peep. But not everyone agrees. Socialites and celebrity personalities alike have emerged wearing the rimless headgear in both street-style and nightclub settings. The hashtag #bonnetcore has surfaced to advocate this unique fashion statement, with the new face of Chanel, Lily-Rose Depp, showing immense support. Granted, the woman could make a cheezel look like a Tiffany ring, but we still aren’t convinced the bonnet will become a staple.

Whilst we don’t see its relevance to modern day nightclubbing, we appreciate the symbol in Australian history. In May this year a form of living art was created through the arrangement of hundreds of women, all donning bonnets. Dr. Christina Henri has spent over a decade working on “The Bonnet Project” to raise awareness of the 25,566 female convicts transported to Australia.

“Somewhere along that journey I came up with the idea of using the bonnets as symbolism... to remember the value and their identity to give them a name so we can be proud of our female convict ancestors and the contribution they made to the emerging nation.”
— Dr Christina Henri

I have only heard about the male convicts, their trials and torture, and their role in making Australia great. The extent of my knowledge about female sacrifice was limited. How they worked in Female Factories, how their children were forced to work as well, and leading to a high child mortality rate as a result. The Bonnet Project ensures the suffering of female convicts, and their children, in Australia is not forgotten.

The cultural relevance of bonnets, and their significance as highlighted though The Bonnet Project, is incredibly important. We would never challenge that. However, as for the bonnet becoming the next Little Black Dress, not even Lily-Rose can convince us to invest. Personally, I couldn’t pull off a bonnet as a cute, cuddly six year old, so I definitely couldn’t pull one off now. 

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