On January 5, 1797, John Hetherington, a London haberdasher, stepped out into the public with the first top hat. It caused a riot, and Hetherington was arrested. The arresting officer said:
“He had such a tall and shiny construction on his head that it must have terrified nervous people. The sight of this construction was so overstated that various women fainted, children began to cry and dogs started to bark. One child broke his arm among all the jostling“.
The London Times came out in favor of the hat, and predicted that it would become a fashion staple. It was declared “a significant advance in the transformation of dress“.
I suppose the only time I was at the forefront of fashion was when I wore bib overalls in my early 20’s. That sure didn’t last long. These days I am a corduroy and sweater sort of person, dressed for comfort, not fashion, although those overalls were pretty comfy.
What do you think it would take to get a similar reaction to fashion today? When have you been at the forefront of fashion? Own any fun hats? Where would you like fashion to trend now?