The hat is an important human invention and for understand its
relevance, we would have to go back to civilizations as old as the Egyptians,
Romans and Greeks. But the truth is that always since the beginning of the
history of the Human civilization, the hat has had a utilitarian part, for
example, to cover of the sun or the rain, and this tool has a part a part that
has to do with fashion, as a signal of distinction, social segmentation and
also of seduction.
It is true that the first Roman peasants used hats like a
symbol of a low social status. However this was modified and evolved through
years and the creativity plays an important role because, the designs using
materials from small animals such as rabbits or ships.
Later, hundred a years later, scala hats began to be a symbol of
distinction between kings and generals, and leaders of the civilized world, for
example how to forget the bicorne shade of the great Napoleon Bonaparte.
A symbol of power It is fair that we pause in this part about
the French conqueror to say that for hundreds of years after Christ, hats have
been symbols of social status since they were made of furs, feathers and with
the most interesting designs.
For example, the top hat of the 18th century was a sign of
distinction and elegance of the wealthy Western upper class in Paris, London
and even Madrid. On the other hand we can mention that in the XVI century, King
Louis XVIII of France was known for his huge and colorful hats, evident symbol
of the nobility, a trend that has developed over time and in different
A manly instrument
On the other hand, we must mention that contrary to what you
can think the beginnings of the hat are male, that is, from the Arab turbans or
the square caps of the Millennial China of the Emperors, through the Persian,
Ottomans, and process like the industrial revolution of the S. XIX in England,
because the hat has been made of straw, rabbit skin, beaver, vicuna and other
highly prized materials that adorned the heads of military Leaders, spiritual,
The Cinema and the Hats
It is precisely in the XV century with the appearance of sheep
woven hats and the eccentricities of King Louis XVIII of France that this
instrument becomes a sign of social hierarchy. The cinema and the hat Hundreds
of years later and already with the beginning of the silent film, with the
charming Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, later with the cinema in black and
white with actors like Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, James Dean, among others,
the cinema catapult the definitive style of the hat and although in the
last 20 years it has not undergone drastic changes, because it is still more
than an ornament, it is also a symbol of power and seduction.