Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hats Everywhere


Humans have covered their heads since time immemorial.  Initially headwear offered protection from the elements and from injury from falling rocks, weapons or masonry.  Later head coverings became symbols of status of authority.  Soon after hats progressed to become not only a uniform, but also an art form. In fashion terms, hats are a very noticeable accessory because the onlooker’s attention is first drawn to the face. A hat is the most noticeable fashion item anyone can wear.
Here you are 5 things you did not know about hats:
          
      1.  British hat designer Philip Treacy's first clientele was his sister's dolls.    Today, Treacy is famous for his extravagant designs and a clientele that includes the Royal family, Alexander McQueen and Lady GaGa. 
   
     2.  Beavers almost went extinct in the mid-19th century because their pelts were so popularly used for hats. Thankfully, the popularity for beaver pelts declined once silk worms were introduced and silk hats entered the scene.
    
      3.  The word "fedora" comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou called Fédora. The hat was first worn by the play's actress, Sarah Bernhardt, who played Princess Fédora.

     4.  The phrase "Mad as a hatter" originates from 18th and 19th century England when hat makers were exposed to toxic chemicals. Mercury was used to produce felt, a popular material for hats, which had side effects of dementia.  

     5.  Straw Panama hats are actually made in Ecuador (but you already knew that). Canal workers were photographed wearing imported straw hats while constructing the Panama Canal, and Americans mistakenly thought they were wearing locally made hats. President Theodore Roosevelt was also photographed visiting the Panama Canal site wearing a Panama hat, further increasing the hats popularity and solidifying the not-so-correct name, Panama.

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18 comments:

  1. Panama hat for life :)
    Thanks for sharing these interesting post xx

    A
    Head Enough

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  2. beautiful pics, love the hats!!!

    http://thefashionprincessblog.blogspot.it/

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  3. On the first photo fantastic make up ! <3
    Yes, hats ewerywhere :D

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  4. Love these images…and what fun to know these facts about hats…! Who knew….?

    xx
    Michele
    http://www.roguetutu.com

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  5. thanks for the infos and your photo selections are great!

    xoxo
    Banu

    http://www.banununkafesi.blogspot.com.tr

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  6. I love all of these looks:)
    great photos!
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  7. I love the first picture! I also ordered a hat myself!

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  8. I'm obsessed with hats! It's kinda my thing!

    ♥ Oxana
    O X A N A  M.U.A makeup blog NEW WILD BOHO MAKEUP!
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  9. this post is so inspiring.
    kisses,
    http:///www.keepitstylishandsexy.com

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  10. This is a great post. I love a cute hat-means I don't have to worry about my hair :p
    http://tealinheels.com

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  11. I so need one of these!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  12. great photos! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  13. Great post. Love all of these beautiful hats!

    xo,
    Lisa
    www.prettylittleshoppers.org

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  14. I'm passionate about hats! Since the first time i watched breakfast at tiffany's it became an icon of classy and beauty for me.
    You made a great pick of elegant and stylish hats!

    xx,
    Helô, from vestidos curtos
    http://vestidododia.com.br

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