As you know, I have quite an agglomeration of hats. The collection started when I moved to the Sugar Palace 2 years ago. My ancestors taught me the importance of a proper hat-- not only were they used to make fashion statements, but they were also quite indicative of a woman's status.
In fact, two notable women in Houmas House's history were well known for both their status and wealth but also for their contribution to the daily operations of the sugar plantation.
Caroline Preston and Harriet Miles were the wives of two owners of Houmas House when it was the largest sugar producing plantation in the country. Although their husbands handled all
affairs concerning the plantation, it was these women who actually ran the household and the everyday operations of the business, as well as caring for all that lived and worked here. In fact, following the death of her husband, William Porche Miles, Harriet ran the entire plantation.
By day, they wore large brimmed hats protecting them from any sun. This way, they always looked
as though they were never exposed to sun, giving the illusion of living a luxurious lifestyle. At night when they hosted lavish affairs at the Sugar Palace, their hats were ornate and accented with satin ribbons and feathers. For picnics and day events, they would dress up a simple hat with fresh flowers from the gardens at Houmas House.
As the current Princess of my Sugar Palace, I find it important to continue the traditions of plantation life. Much like the past Ladies of the House, I too contribute greatly to the success of the business while maintaining my status and lifestyle. My hats always reflect the season and today's fashion, while also being practical for my activities.