Hat Books by Debbie Henderson

Cowboys and Hatters: Bond Street, Sage Brush and the silver Screen

Cowboys and Hatters: Bond Street, Sage Brush and the Silver Screen

By Debbie Henderson, 1996
Published by The Wild Goose Press
Illustrated, 86 pages, paperback


Hat Talk: Conversations with 20th Century Hatters
Out of Print

HAT TALK: Conversations with 20th Century Hatters

By Debbie Henderson, 2002
Published by The Wild Goose Press
Illustrated, 152 pages, paperback

Subtitled "Conversations with Hat Makers about their hats -- the Fedora, Homburg, Straw and Cap", the author delves into the history of hats through the very personal visions of those who lived hats all their lives.

This focus enables her to examine how of some of the best known hat companies founded and maintained their activities, their fashion leadership and their national and international commercial roles.

The Handmade Felt Hat

The Handmade Felt Hat

By Debbie Henderson, 2001
Published by The Wild Goose Press
Illustrated, 48 pages, paperback

The history construction and manufacture of the handmade felt hat. Describing the process and tools of the trade, with illustrations.

The Top Hat, An Illustrated History

The Top Hat: An Illustrated History

By Debbie Henderson, 2000
Published by The Wild Goose Press
Illustrated, 80 pages, paperback

A composite and compact study of the history, wearing and manufacture of top hats, with many illustrations of special interest to hat makers.

The author also sets this accessory in its social and economic context, describing the changes in materials and designs that have distinguished this style from the 18th century to the present.












By focusing on the historical use of the hat by real cowboys in juxtaposition with the hats of movie cowboys and fashionable gentlemen, the exhibition shows how a costume accessory indicates status, vocation, and myth, and how these change over time. Through the use of real hats, dressed mannequins, hat-making implements and samples, photographs of the hat-making process, and portraits of men wearing hats, the exhibition explores all levels of hat-making, hat-wearing and hat iconography. The exhibit focuses on men's costume and includes a signlficant section on the manufacture of the object. It also details everyday working clothes. The public fascination with the cowboys of legend serves to give the audience a greater appreciation of the role of costume as social indicator.

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