A Fedora is a felt hat with a wide brim, indented crown, and a ribbon. It first appeared in 1882 as a female hat. That year
the play called the "Fédora" was produced and the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt wore the center-creased, soft
brimmed hat. The hat was soon a popular fashion for women and can be see worn by many women's-rights activists.
Sarah Bernhardt in the Fedora
In 1924, Prince Edward of Britain started wearing the fedora and this hat style was adopted by men. Orthodox Jews also adopted
black fedoras in the first decades of 20th century and wear them as a part of their daily wear.
Prince Edward in the fedora
Height of the fedora's popularity was during the mid-1920s and explains why it is associated with Prohibition and
gangsters. The fedora was popular because of the style but also because of their practicality. They didn't obscure the
view while driving and were smaller than top hats so they could be worn in public transport.
Al Capone and the Gang in the Fedora
In 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood brought back fedora by making movies in which fedora hat was an icon of manliness and was worn by
such names as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
Grant in the Fedora
Today musicians and actors such as Justin Timberlake, Jared Leto, Johnny Depp, Brittany Spears, and Justin Bieber wear the
fedora during their live appearances and performances. It also makes for a good disguise from the paparazzi. Below are some of
our favorite icons wearing the fedora.
Jarod Leto in the Fedora
Cara Delevingne in the Fedora
Raymond Reddington played by James Spader in Blacklist