From protection to extravagancy
While working outdoors, the man has always protected himself from the sun and rain. With the development of civilization, a hat saw its evolution, so besides its usage value, various symbolic meanings and status were added to it. A pharaoh in ancient Egypt used to wear a red hat or a white tiara on the top of his wig as a sign of uniqueness and divine power. The women in Crete, in the Minoan era, developed a variety of unusual hat shapes in order to distinguish themselves and they were prominent in expressing their individuality. In ancient Rome, a hat was a symbol of freedom, so every free man, along with a confirmation that he is a free citizen, received a hat.
During the 17th and 18 century, when a wig came into fashion, hats get proportions and shapes previously unseen, from three-horned to folded two-horned, one of which was worn by Napoleon. The nineteenth century imposed the return to simplicity in male hats, while the women's fashion developed extravagancy and models. A hat became an obligatory item of clothing, a part of a formal uniform or traditional costume, not just a sign of power or social status. In the nineteenth -century Europe, the hat industry boomed, and the famous Italian manufacturers of Monza near Milan passed the glory of a hat by exporting them worldwide.
By the sixties of the 20th century, a hat was a compulsory item of clothing for both sexes. Today it s represented in elegant outfits and choppy fashion trends. It is an indispensable part of uniforms for armies, police, post, stewardesses and hunters. In modern life, a hat has become a fashion icon and the ultimate detail of all the faithful devotees and people of style.
We will always remember His Majesty Hat on the big screen, as well as those who proudly wore it, to their satisfaction: Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Warren Beatty, and of course unaviodable Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.