Fedora Hats

Fedora hats were first introduced in 1889 in the play Fédora, written for Sarah Bernhardt, a notorious cross dresser who wore a soft brimmed hat with a center crease. Bernhardt’s style was later adopted by women’s rights activists. Though the hat was originally made for women, in 1924 Britain’s Prince Edward, known as the most influential fashionable man of the time, made the trend popular among men. The felt hat was not only stylish but popular for its ability to protect against the weather. Popularity among gangsters and prohibition activists created its association to the hat from 1920s through the early 1950s. Its impact on fashion continues to be seen from the Indiana Jones franchise to the late Michael Jackson’s style.