Battenburg Lace Parasols
It took the Italian Renaissance in the 1500's to introduce the parasol to the rest of Europe, where it was popular in the French Court. Today, the parasol is most often associated with Victorian society in England and the United States. Parasols were as a much a part of a well-dressed lady's outfit as were her gowns, hats, shoes and stockings. A fashionable lady carried a different parasol for each outfit. The parasol continued to increase in popularity through the Edwardian era in the early 1900s. During Victorian days, the fashionable colors of parasols were white, ivory and pastel colors. Today the "in color" is jet black, which is used to complement the popular retro fashions.