The top hat, something special
Think of a stylish hat, indeed, the most elegant of all... and in all likelihood, the top hat will be the first to spring to mind! Whether in silk or felt, this headgear became highly fashionable at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a period when it was a real must of male charm, while specifically representing the middle classes of the time. It seems that the origins of the top hat are Chinese and that the first fabric used by a Cantonese hatter to make it was in fact silk.
In Europe, to be precise in France, the top hat arrived in the last decade of the 1700s, worn by the Incroyables after the French Revolution, as the main accessory of their extravagant clothing. But, like so many other "cousins", this hat too was to find its consecration among the British and from here spread halfway around the world, especially in its felt version. For reasons of practicality and convenience, the top hat did not enjoy a very long life for everyday use, but for this same reason it has kept that distinctiveness and exclusivity which over the decades have raised it to the status of a hat for special occasions, be they elegant and formal or simply moments when someone chooses to stand out from the crowd.
In fact, nowadays we see it used in a formal way along with ceremonial wear such as dinner jackets, tails or morning suits, but it is also to be found as a powerful symbol of various musical and entertainment celebrities, as well as representing in the popular imagination the main accessory of the conjurer, from which spring flowers, rabbits and much else besides! Do you want to continue this journey with us to discover the top hat in film, music and magic? Step right this way!