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Published on Nov 8, 2009
This is a how to, tutorial, on how to do a really cool fedora flip trick. I taught myself how to do this move with a fedora, porkpie or Trilby hat. It makes for an impressive exit :)
A little History on the hat we all love so much. The word fedora comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou, Fédora, written for Sarah Bernhardt. Bernhardt played Princess Fédora in the play, and wore a hat similar to what is now considered a fedora. The fedora after that became a female fashion which lasted into the early part of the 20th century, when the fedora then became a male fashion item. A fedora is a felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. The creasing does not define the hat, however. Fedoras can be creased with teardrop crowns, diamonds, center dents, and others, and the positioning of pinches can vary. The brim goes all the way around the crown and can be left raw edge, finished with a sewn overwelt or underwelt, bound with grosgrain ribbon, or finished with a self-felted cavanagh edge. Fedoras can be found in nearly any color imaginable, but black, grey, tan, and brown are the most popular, this does not however, define them.
Interestingly enough, we also owe the TRILBY hat to literature. The Trilby hat is a soft felt men's hat with a narrow brim and a deeply indented crown. Traditionally it was made from rabbit hair felt, but now it is made from other materials, such as tweed, or wool. They are similar to fedoras, but with a narrower brim. The hat's name derives from a play based on George du Maurier's 1894 novel, Trilby. A hat of this style was worn on stage during the play's first London production.