January 29, 2012

Kate Middleton Wins Best Hat Of The Year (8 PHOTOS)

Headwear Association 'Hat Person of the Year' awarded to Duchess Of Cambridge

Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge has been awarded the Headwear Association's 'Hat Person of the Year' after achieving 90 per cent of the votes. It is no surprise that The Headwear Association has named her its 'Hat Person of the Year' clearly beating Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker. The California-based millinery organisation's members voted for her in an online poll, placing her miles ahead of U.S. and other European celebrities.

The Headwear association celebrates its 103 Birthday this month, with the  organisation renewing focus and energy on a new generation of chapeau wearers. Their mission today is to promote hat wearing and the headwear industry throughout the world and foster goodwill and fellowship among those engaged in the headwear industry. We hope to carry our rich heritage forward providing many future generations with the benefits and enjoyment of hat wearing.  We welcome those who want to advance our mission. 

The Headwear Association is the oldest association in the hat trade, and in fact, the oldest of its kind in the world!  Our birth was a chance meeting of hat salesmen finishing their Spring 1907 trip at a Pittsburgh hotel.  The first dinner was held at the Waldorf Astoria (then on 34th Street) in New York on January 30, 1908 with 34 industry members present.  The initial charter stated the association should have no other purpose than "To encourage the spirit of fraternity in the hat trade."

You have to be incredibly talented, a rock n’ roll legend, to be inducted into their Hall of Fame, or one of the best baseball players ever to squeeze into theirs, but to qualify for induction into the Headwear Hall of Fame, you pretty much just have to wear hats.

Each year THA annually recognizes stylish individuals renowned for wearing hats. The six chosen to be inducted into the Headwear Hall of Fame are all known for frequently wearing hats and have all had a positive impact on the evolution and popularity of headwear fashions."The mission of THA is to promote the headwear industry and keep hats in the public eye, and each year we honor individuals who have made hats an integral part of their personal style," said THA President, Ryan Seth. Lady Gaga has enthralled us for years with her theatrical headwear on stage and off. She has proclaimed her undying love of hats - even applying for an internship with master milliner Philip Treacy. Gaga is an obvious choice for the THA Hall of Fame. Victoria Beckham's chic fashion choices are often topped with a hat. Her choices run the gamut from chic military caps and dramatic fedoras to artful Philip Treacy creations. Her royal wedding hat put her on numerous best dressed lists. Beckham also takes her love of hats to her own runways - repeatedly showing hats with her signature Victoria Beckham Collection.

Marlene Dietrich is renowned for her sophisticated Hollywood glamour, and there are no words for how chic this woman was in a hat.  Her hats were true couture pieces and her legendary style is unparalleled.  They don't make them like Ms. Dietrich anymore and THA celebrates her fashionable grace with a posthumous induction to the Headwear Hall of Fame. Fred Astaire's stage and film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films. Hats were a signature part of his persona.  And whether he was wearing a top hat, fedora or a summer boater, Astaire wore hats with pure sophistication and elegance. THA honors his celebrated style  with a Hall of fame nod.

This year’s inductees were also announced: Gwen Stefani, Aretha Franklin, Ne-Yo, Cameron Diaz, Carlos Santana and Payne Stewart made the cut because they’re “frequently seen in their daily lives wearing fashionable and trend-setting hats,” according to the Headwear Association’s president, Courtney Bush.The association’s actually legit, at 103-years-old it’s the oldest hatwear association in the world (though we can’t be sure how much competition it encounters), but the hall of fame’s only in its third year.  Apparently, they really want to honor the inductees “positive influence,” their refusal to let hats be a passing trend, and their “hat-wearing style.”

Since her engagement in November 2010 and marriage in April 2011, the Duchess's influence on the millinery industry has been invaluable.

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