Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Hat Culture 101

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Philip Treacy, the London-based milliner responsible for Madonna's Superbowl headdress as well as so many of Lady Gaga's most confusing head-pieces, believes in the cultural salience of hats. He told Refinery29 that wearing hats might be "bigger in the U.K., but it's traveling!" and also added, "I can see people scared to wear a hat because of what other people might think, but I can also see the writing on the wall and pretty soon, there'll be someone walking down this very street in San Francisco saying, 'I feel like wearing a fucking hat, because I feel like it.'" Everyone woman at the Kentucky Derby agrees—minus the foul language, because they're ladies. [Refinery29]