Fedora Hat - The History & Origin
The Fedora is most commonly known as a gangster hat, a hat which saw such widespread use and particular popularity amongst infamous prohibition-era gangsters such as Al Capone and Bugsy Siegal that it will be forever more associated with them.
With the distinctive front pinch and wide, floppy and pliable rim the fedora is a distinctive hat indeed. The actual name ‘Fedora’ came about due to a stage play which was running in 1882. The main character, Princess Fedora Romazova, wore a hat just like it, thus it became known as a Fedora.
Another variation of the fedora is the trilby, a hat very similar although it has a less ostentatious and less menacing look about it due to the narrower rim. Such stars as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears have worn a trilby before.
Although you are much less likely to see young high-profile gangsters wearing a fedora hat these days they still do hold much popularity among older people, but this isn’t to say the fedora is a hat for the old. Many young stars still wear the fedora hat and trilby hat. Run DMC are one example of how fedora hats are still seen as ‘urban cool’, and they look anything but ridiculous. My guess is it is only a matter of time before we again see a huge resurgence in popularity for this hat, and the sight of younger generations walking down the street sporting a fedora as commonplace, yet the epitome of chic.