Cowboys and Hatters: Bond Street, Sage Brush and the Silver Screen The Handmade Felt Hat by debbie Henderson Hat Talk Book by Debbie Henderson The Top ha by Debbie Henderson
Young Cowboy in Cowboy Hat The Hat Making Process Gentleman in a Fedora from the Hat Talk Book Hat Accessories and Top Hat in Hat Box from the Cowboys and Hatters Exhibit
Top Hats and other hats at the Cowboys and Hatters exhibit Debbie and Claudio at Borsolino Photo of the Hat Making Process Cowboys in Cowboy Hats and Tuxedos from the Cowboys and Hatters Exhibit

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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