Ranking List of Famous Hats in World History

January 23rd, 2011 by | Print

Everyone has his or her own story, so do hats. Now let’s have a review of famous hats in world history.

No 1. Bicorne

Bicorne refers to an archaic form of hat mostly worn by European and American military and naval officers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Napoleon was a famous military strategist and statesman who had made extraordinary military exploits at the end of the 17th century to the 18th century in France. The bicorne came to fame with him and was a popular headdress at the time. Interestingly, it is said that the reason why Napoleon worn this hat was that this tall and hefty the hat made up for this defect of being short. In addition, this Napoleon hat is still being collected in Les Invalides.

No 2. Beret

Beret is a kind of soft military cap without brims and is usually regarded as a symbol of ranger, special forces and airborne troops. Once mentioned, we will unanimously think of mighty special forces as well as former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Allegedly beret originated in ancient Greece and Rome and then it was the major trading commodities by the Romans and surrounding cities. It was the British troops who had started to wear berets in history. Early in the First World War, some officers and soldiers in the expeditionary force sent to continent European by British wore berets. The United States established special forces, commonly known as the green beret in the Second World War because its members all worn green berets.

No 3. Fez

It was Morocco prince Hassan II’s favorite in the 1960s.

Sultan Mahmud II ruled Turkey in 1880 and he asked fez whose texture was soft with no brims to be a necessary decoration of Turkish at that time, that is, every Turkish people should go out with hat of this style. While this custom was abolished until 1925.

No 4. Bowler Hat

Bowler hat was the very kind of hat once Chaplin worn which was designed by British James Kirk in 1850 and at first the starting point was to use hard material to protect the head.

In London, the bowler hat was a symbol of English gentlemen and cultural. In the 1960s it gradually lost its dominance so that most British young people today have never seen bowler hat as formal wear. In addition, it was also the chief of fascist Mussolini’s favorite.

NO. 5. Egypt Crown

Egypt crown is highest symbol of sovereign power. It was decorated with Egyptian cobra model at the front. Although it only appeared and was popular among the ancient Egyptian aristocrats, it won the world’s attention by its distinctive design.

NO. 6. Top Hat

Top hat is a sort of a tall, flat-crowned, broad-brimmed hat popular from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. It can be called silk hat, cylinder hat, chimney pot hat or stove pipe hat. What’s more, it is also President Lincoln’s most iconic decorations except his weak figure.

It is said that top hat first appeared in China in1775 when Chinese Guangdong hat manufacturer were customizing such tall big hats for French nobles in China in order to show their prestige. But it really popularized in the 19th century when English gentlemen’s standard dress were a walking-stick in hand, a top hat on head and dressed in trim suit with bright leather shoes on feet.



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