Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Robin Hood Hat: An Adventure in Style

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You know the story. Outlaw bandit that steals from the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood, the late-Medieval English folk hero, was immortalized by Errol Flynn in the 1938 film "The Adventures of Robin Hood".  The iconic hat worn by Robin Hood is distinguished by a peaked crown and triangular line that slants toward the face. It features a small, upturned brim and feather detailing. Versions of this style began appearing in women's fashions as early as 1935. Its sporty, masculine style was the perfect complement to the tailored daytime suits and coats of the era.

Christian Berard illustration of a Schiaparelli design featured at Bonwit Teller, circa 1935.

Black felt with a dramatic red feather, from the author's personal collection.

Victoire Roux wears an exaggerated version of the Robin Hood style hat.
OOAK ensemble from The Couture Touch.

Hat by Rose Valois, featured in August 1938 L'Officiel
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Crochet your own Robin Hood style, circa 1935.
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