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If there's something missing from contemporary life, aside from confidence in our leaders and a large portion of the world's glaciers, it's fashionable headwear. In 1954, in the United States, the now ubiquitous baseball cap was popularized by players of the eponymous sport, and today, the cotton cap with the adjustable brim has become an unavoidable head-borne virus worldwide. So, let us invite you into an archive of headwear spanning 3500 years. You'll see broad brims and flouncy bonnets, peasant cowls and Germany's Neolithic golden cones. We humbly offer this library as inspiration to you dear reader, and hope it sparks the desire to usher in a new era of wild, diverse and extravagant headwear. 

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Arnolfini Portrait

Jan Van Eyck, 1434

Avanton Gold Cone

1000 BCE-900 BCE

Berlin Gold Hat

1000 BCE-800 BCE

Child in Sombrero

Tina Modotti, 1927

Elles (portfolio cover)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1896

Femme debout à la capeline

Marie Laurencin, 1913


Augusta Savage, 1929

Girl in White

Vincent Van Gogh, 1890

Girl with a Flute

Johannes Vermeer, 1665

Girl with Yellow Hat

Norman Lewis, 1936

Golden Hat of Schifferstadt

1400 BCE-1300 BCE

Head of Man with Bows

1479 BCE

La Plume Jaune

Jean Metzinger, 1912

Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly

Mary Cassatt, 1880-1880

Portrait of a Lady

Rogier van der Weyden, 1460

Portrait of Armand Roulin

Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Portrait of Felix Pissarro

Camille Pissarro, 1881

Portrait of Pierre Loti

Henri Rousseau, 1891

Portrait of Sir John Herschel

Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867

Portrait of the Artist

Mary Cassatt, 1878

Portrait of Zacherie Zacharian

Edgar Degas, 1886

Poster for the performance of Artistide Bruant

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892

Self Portrait with Fedora

Edgar Degas, 1857-1858

Self-Portrait with Straw Boater

Gino Severini, 1912

Self-Portrait, 1923

Romaine Brooks, 1923

The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs

Georges de La Tour, 1630-1634

The Collector of Prints

Edgar Degas, 1866

The Eisenbatti of Remich are leaving

Théo Kerg, 1943

The Englishman at the Moulin Rouge

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892

The Man with the Golden Helmet

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1650

The Violet Hat

Sigrid Hjertén, 1923

Two Girls on a Lawn

John Singer Sargent, 1889

Warrior of Capestrano

500 BCE

Woman from Brittany

María Blanchard, 1928-1930

Woman with a Winged Bonnet

Rogier van der Weyden, 1440

Workers Parade

Tina Modotti, 1926

Young Shepherdess

Jean-François Millet, 1870-1873
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