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Hat History

Luis CarrazanaComment

LETS START OFF
Hats have been a part of a person attire for a very long time. The first depiction of a hat was found in a tomb painting located in Thebes, Egypt dated more than five thousand years ago. The original thought of the hat was like any other piece of clothing, protection from the elements. While hats were of practical use, they were also used for adornment. Hats have a significant role in history; from describing occupation to defining the social status of the person wearing it.

WHAT HAT DO YOU HAVE ON
During the Roman Empire it was common not to see people wear headpieces. It was during this time that hats were worn purposely to classify class and status among men. Roman soldiers wore their recognizable helmets to distinguish ranks.  When a slave was freed a ceremony was performed where the freed slave wore a Pileus, the hat that let everyone know that he or she was a freed slave. Another example is the famous laurel wreath. It was worm by upperclassmen like scholars and military generals.

HATS ARE FOR THE LADIES TOO
Jump to the 16th century and hats have become popular among both men and women. It was in 1529 that the first women’s hat maker was recorded. Aside from wearing ribbons and gloves women started to include hats in the daily outfit. Hats that you see in this era are the classy powdered wigs and wide brim hats.

HATS ARE FOR EVERYONE
Even though some hats are used to differentiate roles in society, it was during the Industrial Revolution that the Top Hat made its own revolution. The top hat was worm by men in every social class. This marked the transition from flamboyant aristocracy to modern urban era. 

HATS ARE FOR TODAY
Hats have become a preferred fashion choice. One style that has dominated the market in the last century is the Fedora. A fedora is a wide brim creased lengthwise down the indented crown. Associated with gangsters and the Prohibition Era, Fedoras are still used today by anyone and everyone.