"Sitting so prominently on the head and in such close proximity to the face, the hat can mesh with its wearer and his or her identity in an extraordinary way. [...] It is perhaps this same vividness ( together with the cult of informality, of course ) that partly explains the decline of the fashion hat in the years after the World War II.
The hat attracts too much attention; it can say too much about the wearer."
Hats have marked many historical moments in time, whether we're talking about the first crown to inaugurate Russian rulers, Paul Poiret's turbans that were a step towards the liberated woman or all the exquisite pieces worn by Britain's Queen and Lady D.
As the title itself reveals, this book has 50 entries that offer a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status and the designers that gave them a special place in design history.
This week's book was a very light read, half it's space being covered by photos. Beautiful and inspiring photos, by any means. The texts are orbiting around them as well, taking us on a journey from the 1300s to present times.
"As Stephen Jones himself would be the first to admit, hats are nothing until they are worn, but in that meeting of inanimate and animate a magical act of metamorphosis can occur."
So go get inspired by these iconic hats and wear the ones that will help you write your own marvellous story!