Fedora hats were born in the late 1800's, as a fashion accessory to depict the upper-class. Early in the 20th century, the fedora hat really grew in popularity; eventually surpassing the then admired Homburg Hat as the signature men's hat of the times.
The fedoras popularity soared as it was prominently featured throughout 1940's cinema. Stylish fedora hats adorned the heads of movie's most famous detectives and gangsters, including classic characters like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, the Blues Brothers, and Indiana Jones.
Fedora hats continue to grow in popularity today. From classic fur felt fedora hats, to summer straw fedora hats, and Panama Hats, all the way to trendy trilby fedoras, fedoras can dress up nearly any outfit.
History of the Fedora Hat
The fedora hat gets its name from a rather unusual place - a play named Fedora, which was written for a popular actress named Sandra Bernhardt.
Bernhardt's character in the play appeared in several scenes wearing a soft felt hat that became so popular among women and men that it eventually was known as a fedora.
Once the hat began to gain popularity, many men in cities such as New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles began to sport fedoras as part of their everyday attire. The fedora hat was usually made of felt and provided excellent protection against the elements.
The fedora's popularity continued to grow through during the 1930's and 40's and made the leap onto the silver screen when Gene Kelly wore one in his memorable movie "Singin' in the Rain."
The hat is a true classic, and continues to make appearances on the heads of actors, celebrities and anyone who wants to add a little bit of old fashioned flare to their wardrobe.