‘Mad Hatters’ Revives its Hats History at the City Lore Gallery Space [PHOTOS]

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 at 5:13 am by

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

Wearing many hats takes on a new meaning at “Mad Hatters: New York Hats and Hatmakers,” an exhibit at City Lore. Showcasing a history of hatmaking in our city, there are plenty of hats on display that could have only been created here.

New York has always been a hat-lovers town. Amidst our diversity, you can spot hats for church, mosque or synagogue, hats to be worn at the Easter Parade, Mermaid Parade, Pride Parade and West Indian Day Parade, hats that embrace individuality and hats that signify connection.

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

“Mad Hatters” hats, with millinery designs of different eras and cultures in the melting pot, form an unusual history of New York. The exhibit encompasses historical and vintage pieces as well as contemporary hats interpreting and referencing that history, some designed specifically for the show by members of the New York Milliners Guild.

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Linda Pagan, “Crown Heights.” Inspired by a Hasidic hat, with a lipstick in the band, instead of a cigar. Photo: Lori Greenberg

We spied a number of familiar hats in the exhibit, including those made by local filmmaker, photographer and Boogie contributor Clayton Patterson; embellished hats worn by the spoken word poet and poetry slam pioneer Bob Holman; and hand painted straw hats with images of New York icons by Elaine Norman.

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Bob Holman’s hats. Photo: Lori Greenberg

Mad Hatters” reopens to the public today, and has been extended until November 13. Upcoming events related to the show include:

Every Hat Tells A Story,” hosted by milliner Ellen Christine on September 22.

Hatterday! Make Your Own Hats With the Experts,” hosted by milliner Debora Rapoport on Setpember 24.

The City Lore calendar can be found here.

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