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240 × 156 mm
240 pages
99 illustrations, 61 in colour
11 Nov 2019
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Hat Origins, Language, Style Drake Stutesman

The hat is one of our most beloved pieces of clothing, appearing in virtually every society. Through the centuries, hats have represented the most important structures of culture ­­– governance (the crown), religion (the turban), traditions (the bonnet) and much more. Yet hats have also always allowed for the very personal expression of style and feeling.

In this beautifully illustrated celebration of the hat, Drake Stutesman uncovers the influence on our lives of this versatile headgear. Beginning in the Ice Age, the story of the hat is traced through its links with the origins of abstract thinking, through the complex evolution of the professions of millinery and hatting in the Middle Ages, through the rise of the superstar milliner in the 20th century, and, finally, through the work of the ingenious hat makers of today who continue to dazzle us with their creations. For all those interested in the history of fashion and the history of culture, Hat offers new perspectives on this stylish, practical and important accessory.

‘From crowns, turbans and bonnets, the hat is given a turning over in this thorough text, with chapters examining its history, its ties with fashion, the making process and its public image. The hat differs from most items of clothing because it has only a tenuous relationship with the human body, which leaves ample room for examining its sculptural and performative qualities, as well as its links to power, status, and tradition – all of which are explored here.’ — Crafts Magazine

‘An excellent anthropological and sociological world-wide study of the importance and significance of hats from the beginning of time to the present day.’ — Christina Giorcelli, Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the University of Rome Three and co-editor of Accessorizing the Body: Habits of Being (2011)

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Drake Stutesman is an adjunct professor at New York University. She edits the cinema and media journal, Framework, and is the author of Snake (Reaktion Books, 2005) and co-editor of Film, Fashion and the 1960s (2017).