Byline: Elaine Glusac

In Europe’s Middle Ages, when every profession had a patron saint and every head wore a hat, milliners worshipped Saint Catherine, who was also the patron saint of unmarried women. By the 19th century, Parisian hatmakers took the party to the streets and paraded in festive tribute sporting green and white hats fashioned in the saint’s colors.
Three years ago, a group of milliners revived the occasion in Chicago by hosting “La Fete des Catherinettes,” a party and two-day sale of hats by 10 local hat designers known as the Millinery Arts Alliance. This year, it runs Oct. 25-26.
Although the saint’s day is in November, this year the festival was moved to October — national breast cancer month — and kicks off with a benefit cocktail party ($25) for Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization at Brasserie Jo, 59 West Hubbard Street on Oct. 23.
For information contact the MAA Hatline, 312-409-6311.

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