Top hat

Designer Dobbs American

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This example shows the enduring style of the man's silk top hat for formal occasions into the 20th century. Here, the brim has evolved from a looser roll seen in the 19th century into a tight roll at the sides, faced with grosgrain ribbon. In the 1930s and early 1940s, the "topper" was still considered a necessary element of men's formal evening wear worn with a white tie, white vest and tail coat as other parts of the ensemble.

Top hat, Dobbs (American, New York), silk, fur, wool, American

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