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Crowns of Richmond: African-American Church Hat Fashion Show

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Published on Nov 7, 2009

'...the show "Crowns of Richmond: African-American church hat fashion" took over the tent, with about a dozen women, and one girl, showing off a couple of dozen exquisitely crafted hats.

"These are the kind of hats that make people say, 'Who does she think she is?'" the announcer said, drawing a hearty round of laughs and a few amens from the overflow crowd.

"We're showing people what fashion is really about," model Cheryl Chandler, sporting one of the 25 to 30 hats from her collection, said backstage as she awaited her cue to saunter through.

Cora Thornton-Moore, the proud owner of about 500 hats, said it was all about "hatitude."

"I wear a hat everywhere I go," she said from beneath a beautiful, bright deep-pink hat that twisted and turned its way skyward. "If I go to the grocery, I'm wearing a hat. I won't wear something unless I have a hat to match."

Just outside the tent, Isaac Revis Jr. was sporting quite the hat of his own, a mustard-yellow felt fedora, a fine touch with his yellow, black and gold sharkskin jacket.

"Man, I just like hats," he said, gazing in for a closer look as the women kept strolling by. "It's just something."' - Richmond TIMES-DISPATCH, Oct 12, 2009.

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