Miller Fedora Hats
The Fedora is a hat with a soft material, a snap brim and indented crown. We can shape Fedora hats in a variety of crowns, but the most typical ones being a “teardrop” or a “centerdent”. Crown heights will vary depending on the style anywhere between 4” and 4 ⅝”. Brims will run anywhere between 2 ½ to 3”. Fedora hats can have brims that have a raw edge, bound edge (trim around the edge), or underwelt or upper welt. We can make Fedora hats of wool, cashmere, genuine fur felt, and beaver felt. The Miller Fedora hats come with satin liners, leather sweatbands, and top of the line grosgrain bands.
The name Fedora originally came from a dramatic play written in 1882 by playwright Victorien Sardou. The play was first performed in the US in 1889. Bernhardt played Princess Fedora Romanov, the heroine of the play. In the play she wears a center dent soft brim hat. The hat was fashionable for women, and the women’s rights movement adopted it as a symbol. After Edward Prince of Wales wore them in the 1920s, it became popular among men for its stylishness and its ability to protect the wearer’s head from the wind and weather.
By the 1920s fedoras got popular, it became a staple of men’s fashion and would be worn in public places. In the 1940s the fedora hats became a significant trend in America. Many films re-popularized the fedora hat in the 1940s, like Humphrey Bogart in the film Casablanca and many others. Movie stars, musicians, political figures would also make the classic fedora popular.
They often associated fedoras with gangsters during the prohibition era in the U.S. during the 1920s and the early 1950s. In addition, well known gangsters such as Al Capone, Charles Luciano and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel used the fedora to create a tough-guy image. Fedoras were also an important accessory to the Zoot suit ensemble during the 1940s. As a result, this style soon spread to local jazz and blues musicians, who adopted this look and brought it to their audiences.
The fedora hats continued to be popular through to later films such as “The Blues Brothers” with John Belushi and Dan Akroyd and, of course, the most famous Fedora of all, Indiana Jones, in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. With the aid of the snap brim on most Fedoras, it served the practical purpose of hiding the face of actors sufficiently to allow doubles to perform the more dangerous stunts on the sets of action movies. However, it is the Film Industry of Hollywood that brought the Fedora to the forefront of fashion.
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