“Fabulous Hats” by Giuliana Berengan

The title “FABULOUS HATS” gives a good indication of the book’s style: a long story that covers the events of men’s hats from its more archaic forms up to the modern twentieth century styles.

Cloaks, hoods, caps, felt hats, three-cornered hats, straw hats, busbies, homburgs, derbies and top hats all play the role of protagonists in the narration of man’s history, seen through the history of his hats as they bring back images, characters and atmosphere.

Favolosi CappeliCuriosities, news, anecdotes, vices and virtues of this simultaneously aesthetic and functional piece of apparel, flow in the background of events like an old silent movie. Humphrey Bogart, Caruso, Rudolf Valentino, Toscanini, D’Annunzio, Puccini and Nuvolari are only a few of the characters which presented themselves to us with their inseparable head wear.

The book also wants to pay homage to all those who, by making them, wearing them, creating new models and immortalizing them in different artistic forms and materials, have contributed in safeguarding and increasing the value of the hat tradition as an irreplaceable complement of male elegance.

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