Museum exhibit is a "hats off" to the hat
January 06, 2002
Some bird species were nearly eliminated in the early 19th century - all due to the popularity of hats. Demand was great for feathers and even whole birds to make ladies fashion hats at that time, prompting the formation of the Audubon Society in 1914.
This tidbit of fashion history is just one of the many that weave together the mystique of the hat. Whether made of feathers, fiber or metal, donned for fashion, protection or ceremony, hats and headwear have a distinguished and varied history spanning all cultures and eras. In a "hats off" to the hat, the Anchorage Museum is exhibiting now through April 14 "Off the Top of My Head", a tribute to the hat as cultural icon. Included are Native headwear such as Aleut hunting hats and visors and African ceremonial helmets. Also showcased are North American favorites representing fashions from the 1980s -1960s.