Hats come in plenty of shapes, sizes and designs and one may find something to suit their aesthetic palette. But classics remain classics, no matter what. One of the classic hats are fedoras. Alive in our minds as the most valuable hat that Indiana Jones had, fedoras never cease to be in style. (Click here to know about bucket hats)
What are Fedoras?
Typically, fedoras can be described as a hat that is usually crafted of a special fabric called felt. The hat features a wide brim but is identified majorly for its indented and pitched crown. The hat also usually features a ribbon detailing around the cap and is generally crafted in dark colours. It has been in vogue since several decades and remains to be one of the most iconic hats ever.
The fedora hats date back to the year 1882. It is then the hat was incorporated in a theatrical play by celebrated dramatist Victorien Sardou. The hat was sported by famous theatre actress Sarah Bernhardt who essayed the role of Princess Fédora Romanoff in the play ‘Fédora’. It is from there that the name ‘Fedora’ came up. Post that, the fedora became a smart accessory for women and was often associated with women’s rights activists in Europe. But everything changed when Prince Edwards of Britain wore it publically. Ever since then, fedoras became a rage in menswear.
In the 1940s-1950s, fedoras became synonymous with gangster culture in the west. Later, they were embraced by filmmakers as Hollywood ushered into the era of Noir Cinema. It became a symbol of manliness and masculinity as actors like Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant wore them onscreen.
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones revived the fedora.
Fedoras then dipped in the ’60s as it made way for casual silhouettes. In the ’70s, Harrison Ford wore fedoras in the Indiana Jones movies. As the movie became a massive hit, fedoras bounced back and were also incorporated in casual looks. In recent years, several musical sensations like the late Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and even Britney Spears wore fedoras for their gigs.
It will be wrong to say that fedoras are back in vogue as they never really went out of fashion. Today the fedora has broken the gender barrier and is now a chic accessory for both men and women. Designers have experimented with its styling to incorporate the fedora into both casual as well as dressier looks.