Top Hat: The Summum of Style
At the dawn of the 19th century, top hats replaced the tricorn as the hat of choice for the discerning gentleman. Its short brim and tall, stiff crown made it ideally suited for horse riding. Made of beaver felt or silk, it became a symbol of social standing and respectability. Top hats are nowadays made of wool, rabbit or beaver felt as well as silk to top the most formal and sophisticated outfits.
The Top Hat in Culture
Many famous characters from diverse works of literature and beyond are known for and depicted with a top hat. We can think of Arsène Lupin, Raskolikov, Crime and Punishment’s tragic protagonist, Hugh Jackman’s character in The Greatest Showman, or even to the now universally known Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.
Steampunk is a literary and artistic current heavily inspired by the 18th century and Victorian fashion trends, a time when the top hat was at its apex of popularity. Christys’ Top Hat will make an excellent addition to the outfit of any steampunk aficionado looking to complete their collection.
Needless to say, the top hat leaves no one indifferent. This is why many ringleaders, artists, masters of ceremony, jugglers, acrobats and other circus performers have adopted the top hat to add decorum to their performances. If you are artistically inclined, do not shy away from a Top Hat to add a dash of spectacular to your art!
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