12.5 Race caps

racing apparelRace caps are a legend of speed that Futurists had in common but they received strong blows from derbies and top hats. A leather cap, with goggles fastened on top of the visor, was the headwear of those who wanted to taste the thrill of a motorcycle race.

The Bonnet, a chequered cap in heavy Irish tweed was most suited for drivers of the new automobiles. Giacomo Balla, together with Marinetti and Boccioni, gave life to a Futuristic Movement and created a polygonal hat. With this, caps had their moment of glory in the competitive sport spirit that accompanied the religion of speed. 1

1 . G. FOLLEDORE, Il cappello da uomo, Zanfi Editori, Modena, 1988, pg.42

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