Sculptural Hat – The term sculptural can be applied to many different hat styles. By definition sculptural is usually three-dimensional and sculptural hats typically have bodies that have been manipulated into different shapes and forms or have attached components.
As an art form, hats may be described as sculptural by means of shape, materials used and in terms of proportion. From the headdresses of ancient Egypt to the tribal hats of Africa to the often Turkish-inspired creations of the Renaissance to the 1980s elaborate church hats and 1990s fascinators, these types of hats are part of our fashion history.
Some of the best examples of sculptural hats are found in the surrealist creations by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dali, the mid-century dramatic turbans and cloches by Christian Dior and, later, Philip Treacy’s wildy inventive flights of millinery fancy.