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Transcript of HATS
Hats were made with other early clothing before written or visual record. They are practical; they can resist the elements and protect users from falls or battle. Nobody knows exactly when or where hats first appeared, but it's easy to assume they've been around quite a while.
The first real record of a hat was on a painting in a Thebes tomb, dated to around 3,200 B.C. People appeared to be wearing headpieces made of straw. Egyptian hats grew more extravagant, but more on that later.
Hats in History
Hats have been used to signify rank or social class, to keep its wearer safe, to prevent rain or bright sunlight or bitter cold from reaching its wearer, to start political movements, and (of course) as fashion statements
I'm going to go over some interesting and notable times hats have been used in history
Types of Hats
There are hundreds of types of hats and to go over every single one would be pointless, so I'm just going to list a few.
Modern Day Hats
Hats today are used less than they were before. Most don't see hats as essential to outfits, they are more like accessories.
The most popular hat among americans today is the baseball cap. They are an easy way to keep the sun out of player and spectator eyes at sports games, hence their name. I'm pretty sure everyone here has at least one in their house. Hats today are used for practicality more than anything, but recently fedoras came back into style and we just don't know why.
The Tollund Man
The "Tollund Man" was a Danish man from around 4th Century BC, and he posesses one of the oldest hats ever. He was executed by hanging from an unknown crime and thrown into a bog, so his body (and hat!) was preserved. The hat was pointed and made of sheepskin and wool. The Tollund Man is currently on display at the Silkeborg Museum.
The reason the hat and body are intact is because bogs preserve things really well. He was found in 1950 and the body looked so fresh people thought it was a recent murder victim.
Various wikipedia pages
As you can see, this painter attempted front view then got uncomfortable
Hats For Social and Political Status
Hats in Social Situations
In Europe, particularly England, hats sparked social reform. By wearing popular hats such as top hats and bowler hats, people were making a statement that everyone wore the same hats regardless of social class.
Not wearing a hat was a symbol of deep poverty, as hats were fairly cheap and it was considered good manners to wear them when out of the house.
Many rich women would change hats several times a day
ok so i wanted fun music to go with this presentation so i found this webpage
"You Can't Do That Without A Hat"
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Conical hats were common in several asian countries. These triangular shaped straw hats protected citizens and workers from the sun and rain.
The upper class wore fashionable hats that were more extravagant. Generally, women had to wear head and face coverings. (This is true in many cultures, which might be one of the reasons women's hat fashion developed to a greater extent than men's.)
In Japan, samurai wore a special kind of hat called a Kabuto. It was an elaborate headpiece used as armor as well for the effect of being really cool and intimidating.
I'm sorry all my knowledge of asian hats is Japanese based
Egyptian pharaohs were rarely or never seen without hats. They were viewed as gods (who also wore hats in Egyptian culture).
Okay, so their hats were more like crowns but eh, details.
Red crowns represented rulers of Lower Egypt, white crowns represented aggressive Upper Egypt. Eventually, Upper Egypt conquered Lower Egypt and the pharaohs wore a crown that was a combination of both called a double crown.
This is a famous wood block print by Hokusai, author of The Wave. We had to write a paragraph about it in Japanese class once. It was painful.
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
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Hard hats - construction
Umbrella hats and other waterproof hats - rain
Winter hats - cold
Hats with brims - sun
Popular Hats 1800s-1950s (ish)
Hats Associated With Particular Characters
Cat in the Hat
Ever wonder where the term 'Mad Hatter' came from?
The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland was not simply an odd character. In the 1800s, a common phrase was "mad as a hatter".
The process of hatmaking often exposed its workers to mercury and resulted in mercury poisoning.
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(there are often multiple names for each hat)
other hats worth noting:
hats for pets
marching band hats
it should be noted these can be considered fashionable but are used mainly to protect its wearer
(This one's for you, Chris.)
Really cool Irish hat designer. He has made hats for Princess Beatrice and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as for Lady Gaga.
He held the first ever fashion show just for hats
“People, when they buy a hat, they can’t explain why they want to buy it or why they want it, but they do. It’s like chocolate.”
im like 80% sure this picture was in one of my middle school history textbooks
there it goes
(can we appreciate the fact someone out there took the time to create a blog post about this, thought it was worth publishing AND that their blog title is "Many Hatty Returns?")
you probably already knew that but w/e
Well I started on hat fashion history but it took up like 5 slides and its really complicated and stuff so we're just going to go over why hats are used in fashion real quick.
Fashion designers add hats to their outfits because they draw attention to the face, they are easy to showcase logos on, and they can set the tone for the outfit. For example, they might use a sun hat for a summer collection or a bomber hat for a winter collection.
Part of a winter fahion collection for Hermes in Paris
literally everyone is wearing a hat
Bill Cunningham - Turning Heads