photography Ash Sharma
words Sherry Johnson
Hats have never been worn universally since the 1920s. They were popular again in the 1980s for weddings and special occasions after the Princess of Wales, Diana used them to add a sense of sophistication to her persona in the early days of her marriage. Thus bringing Hats back in style and back on the runways across the world.
Hats when worn today are classified as a Fashion statement accenting an outfit or simply topping it off. If you look at upper class woman at the Kentucky Derby you will see hats as a centerpiece and the outfit following the hat. Either way hats are Fashion and one of the most sought out accent pieces in the market today.
It is unlikely that the hat will ever die as an accessory as it offers far too much potential for drawing attention to the face. Fashion designers are aware of this and every so often exploit this fact in the hope that fashion followers will adopt the hat.
In fashion terms, hats are a very noticeable accessory because the onlooker’s attention is again first drawn to the face. A hat is the most noticeable fashion item anyone can wear. The old saying goes 'if you want to get ahead and get noticed, then get a hat'. Indeed the word 'ahead' means just that one head further forward.
Remember 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 that we call Fashion Today! -PQ