Wearing Art – National Hat Day 2014
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Today is Hat Day! Let’s celebrate by digging into our closets and donning a hat to commemorate a tradition that has come down through the centuries. It seems that hats first appeared in ancient Egypt, if we are to believe a Thebes tomb painting, which shows a man wearing a conical straw hat. Now, every time I wear my straw hat, I will remember that, like those that came before, I am merely repeating the act of seeking shelter from the heat of the sun. Nothing has changed; the sun continues give warmth to our world.
Generally, we identify art as a visual, tactile or audio occurrence, an external stimulus rather than an internal idea or action that stems from reflection. The simple act of wearing a hat signifies a creative expression. From Fez to Beret, Gatsby to Panama, Stetson to Sun or Top hat, we display individual, artistic thought.
We all know the Fedora of Indiana Jones, the Ascot in My Fair Lady, the tweed Deerstalker of Sherlock Holmes and the Bowler made famous by Charlie Chaplin in The Tramp. Today, with my hat at a jaunty angle, I created my individual artistic statement. As Coco Chanel once said, “I don’t do fashion, I AM fashion.”
Perhaps the first step to understanding art is to recognize that we are all artists.