June 17, 1909
Queen Elena of Italy "has revolted against the mode of gigantic hats which French milliners have endeavored to impose on Italian women of fashion," according to the New York Times. She nor most of the ladies of her court do not wear hats "of any description, but instead have adopted a sort of light mantilla to wear in public."
This protest movement against "the ridiculous fashions inflicted on us from abroad," is said to be spreading throughout Rome's aristocracy. The New York Times' report is based on a story by the Rome correspondent of the Paris Journal.