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15 vintage photos of some of the wildest hats in history

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Hats are a timeless fashion staple.Since the turn of the 19th century, they've gotten progressively bolder in design.Cher and Barbra Streisand are known for their outlandish headwear, and old-time actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Mae West donned enormous hats in their films.A picture is worth a thousand words, but there's a lot to be said for a wild hat.Since the turn of the century, celebrities and models have been getting bolder with their hat choices. Hats made of tree branches, pearls, flowers, and even the cartoon character Snoopy lined the cultural fabric throughout the past century (or two).Cher and Barbra Streisand are known for their outlandish headwear, and old-time actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Mae West donned enormous, gravity-defying hats in their films.Keep scrolling to see 15 of the wildest hats in history.Turn-of-the-century France was known for its bold fashions ' tree branch hats included.This French postcard from the early 1900s depicts a showgirl wearing a hat made of tree branches. The era in which it was takencalled La Belle Epoque (1871-1914)was known for its fanciful fashion, primarily its over-the-top dresses and huge hats.At the time, Paris was experiencing an economic boom and one of "commercial and creative vitality," which may have accounted for the larger-than-life fashions.Hats like these were often worn by performers, and the more outlandish the better.Here, a cabaret dancer from Les Folies Bergre in Paris dons a show-stopping ensemble made entirely of fur. The legendaryLes Folies Bergre nightclub is still standing today, though it is now a venue for modern shows. Silent film star Gloria Swanson wore this intricate circle hat at the height of her career.Silent films, of course, didn't have soundso they had make up for it with visual intrigue. Many actresses of the time boasted intricate costumes and hats, and Gloria Swanson was no exception.Perhaps most known for her role in 1954's "Sunset Boulevard," the actress embodied the extravagance of silent film fashion in that movie. The Huffington Post called her "the original leader of fantasy fashion andhaute couture." See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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