A garment covering the head consists of a head and a rim. The head of the hat usually has the shape of a dome, sleeve or bell on a narrower or wider (curved wings) or rim. It is made from plant fibers, straw, paper straw, beaver or rabbit hair, silk, wool, leather, linen and velvet. Hats have recently been made from synthetics. It has been used since prehistoric times. At that time, the hat was not a fashion accessory, but was mostly used as protection against heat and rain (when working outdoors). The hat was even thought to have magical properties in addition to its aesthetic or hygienic function. Used to highlight status. But the most interesting period in the history of the origin of the hat began in medieval Europe. Then the prototypes of the models that exist today appeared. During the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, hats became a fashion trend and an indispensable part of all kinds of fashion and business combinations.
The 1900s-hats were more part of a clothing combination rather than a necessity. The hats at the time were smaller and usually rested on a bun at the top of the head. This way of wearing was soon not enough. At the beginning of the 20th century, half-cylinders, straw and flat hats were created. These types of hats have been fashionable for most of the century.
The 1910s hats were bigger. They are made with more decorations, so they become more interesting. The brim of the hat often crossed the shoulders of the woman who wore it on her head. With large needles or simple hairpins of that time, hats were attached to the hair. So every woman could wear these huge and somewhat awkward headgear unhindered and without fear.
In the 1920s and 1920s, hats became a trademark. They cover almost the entire head of the person wearing it even though they are made in smaller sizes. The hats of that time go down almost to the eyebrows. Feathers and other decorations are less used. Then the shape of the hat is important to women (and people who wear a hat). The brim of the hat is no longer present.
The 1930s hats get rims again. The fringes are accompanied by hairstyles with plenty of hair volume that were fashionable and popular at the time. The rims become larger because they protect the person from the sun. During this time, fedora was favored for women, i.e. a type of hat that was previously used only by men. Marlene Dietrich has popularized hats-cylinders that go down in the history of hats and women’s fashion. Before Marlene D., these grandiose and striking models were exclusively male. This model has always been analog. This hat cylinder was characterized by a high hat head and a narrow brim around his head. Marlene taught all the women in the world to wear pants and wear mostly black top hats. The style is certainly complex – it requires an ideal figure and special character traits. It was Marlene who introduced the concept of “elegance” to contemporary trends. The cylinder, initially a male model, speaks to the status of its owner. It appeared in England in the mid-19th century as a feature of rich and successful men. Only natural silk was used to make this hat. In addition to actress Marlene Dietrich, the top hat was a favorite hat of guitarist Johnny Slash, dancer Fred Astaire, cartoons of Uncle Sam and John Bull, comic book hero Mandrake and US President Abraham Lincoln. They wore a cylinder at important moments in their “careers”. Interestingly, President Lincoln used a cylinder to transport important legal documents. He just finished with a top hat on his head. Straw hats are an iconic summer accessorize that protects hair and skin from the sun. It can be the ultimate fashion summer accessory that elevates any outfit. Find inspiration for your own spin on a timeless classic in one of the cult film classics. Vivien Leigh was Scarlett O’Hara (1939) in Gone with the Wind. She is definitely a stylish icon with a tight corset, wide skirts, and a beautiful hat with a velvet ribbon. It can be a stylish twist on the classic sought after today.
In the 1940s, a wide variety of hat styles emerged. Hats with a complex design and overly decorated hats were fashionable. Feathers and other decorations on hats are fashionable again. During this period, turbans or hats appear that cover the entire head. They wrapped themselves around his head. Thus they form the letter V above the eyebrows. The letter “V” (Victory) then tied patriotism and fashion.
1950s-Interest in hats declines after World War II. The women come out without any headgear. Hat manufacturers have tried (for their own survival in the market) to make a variety of extravagant hats. Then the fashion of wearing an airy wide-brimmed hat was celebrated by the always elegant Audrey Hepburn. Actress Audrey Hepburn in the famous TV movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1965) skillfully wore various variations of hats that were then more than exhibitionist. The timeless and elegant wide-brimmed hat “Audrey” was named after the icon of elegance and style Audrey Hepburn. The “Audrey” hat, like the actress, combines sophistication and boyish charm. It can be combined with jeans and a little black dress. A special accessory are sewn-on ribbons that you can tuck into a hat or tie around your head if you wish, so that the hat stays on your head during windy weather. This kind of hat is maintained with a brush. Usually, the size of the hat is “One Size”, which means that it fits on any head. The hat also provides 50+ UV protection from the sun. A hat is a fashion accessory and a piece of beachwear. Gloria Swanson and Sunset Blvd. (1950). Nora Desmond knew how to be a diva at any time of the day and year with a dark wide-brimmed hat and big glasses. Grace Kelly in the film classic To Catch a Thief (1955). Grace Kelly raises the stylistic level of every film in which she appears. Her summer combinations in Hichcock’s film To Catch a Thief are the level of marine elegance we constantly strive for. The airy wide-brimmed hat is just timeless. Leslie Caron in the film Gigi (1958). Something between Cinderella and Pretty Woman, the film Gigi follows a rich playboy and a girl who is being prepared to become the mistress of the rich in the early twentieth century in Paris. The duo develops a friendship by playing romantic roles that gradually cease to be roles. Their relationship ceases to be a game. Leslie Caron wears a lot of beautiful costumes and a fantastic hat with a raised brim.