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headdress developed from the simple close-fitting cap and hood of antiquity. The first hat, which was distinguished as such by having a brim, was the felt petasus of the Greeks, which tied under the chin and was worn by travelers. The decorative peaked cap was most popular in the Middle Ages. Later the medieval hood evolved into the 14th cent. turbanlike chaperon with hanging ends, called liripipes; the liripipes originated with the tassels on strings that had been added to the hoods of cloaks. The simple close-fitting coifs, gorgets, wimples, and veils of early medieval women gave way (in the 14th cent.) to netlike headdresses of jeweled gold wire known as cauls and crespins and later to conical hennins and large decorative butterfly and horn-shaped headdresses with starched veils. In the 16th cent. the beret, of colorful velvet or silk and richly jeweled, feathered, and slashed, was made fashionable by Henry VIII. Women's head coverings progressed from the nunlike gable headdress to the French hood set back on the head to the small heart-shaped Mary Stuart cap. The 17th cent. saw the high-crowned beaver of the Puritan and the wide plumed hat of the cavalier; by 1660 the brim had become so wide that the corners were turned up forming the tricorne. Women during that century generally wore hoods, although the high-standing, wired lace fontanges and commodes were popular; after 1700 the lace cap became fashionable. By the 19th cent. straw was used in making the recently introduced bonnets for women and Panamas for men. At the same time the beaver, or English round hat, of the 17th and 18th cent. gave way to the silk top hat, or stovepipe; caps and soft felt hats came back into favor; and the derby was introduced by William Bowler in England. Women's hats increased in size with their coiffures, culminating in the plumed and flowered "Merry Widows" of the late 19th cent.; with the advent of the closed automobile, hats became smaller. The 1960s saw a considerable decrease in the wearing and manufacture of hats. See headdressheaddress,
head covering or decoration, protective or ceremonial, which has been an important part of costume since ancient times. Its style is governed in general by climate, available materials, religion or superstition, and the dictates of fashion.
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What does it mean when you dream about a hat?

Hats represent concealment (e.g., a magician’s hat) and a covering of one’s head and mind (“keep this under your hat”). A tipped hat suggests a greeting, and different types of hats symbolize different situations (e.g., a beret suggests the military and a top hat represents magic, a formal occasion, a dance routine).



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Hats are usually symbolic of power and authority. They also stereotype the person who is wearing it. Look at the details in your dream and notice especially who is wearing the hat. The type and quality of the hat usually represents the degree of authority and respect that your unconscious mind is giving to the person wearing it. Generally the person wearing the hat is representing a part of you. What is the hat saying about your position in life and your attitude toward it?
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RABBIT FOOD: Jayne and Emily White, above, join the fun as the Rabbit and Mad Hatter at The Herbert Art Gallery Eating In Wonderland event.
An Addy Award winner for Excellence in Interactive Media with more than 20 years of leadership experience in broadcast, technology and digital media, Hatter most recently was executive vice president of client services and was the driving force behind the company's initiatives to extend beyond traditional customer support beginning in the early 2000s.
Paul, who joined Mad Hatter three months ago, says: "It's a little bit Christmassy.
Perhaps it is now time for Alice to wake up and tell Mad Hatter, Dormouse and crew that they are supposed to be looking after her interests and not their own.
The Mad Hatter, who was performed by magician, comedian and compere Jasper Blakely of Penarth, began the night dressed as an 8ft white rabbit while he entertained guests with magic.
District Judge Terry Hatter said that ``if the MTA wants to be on the side of former segregationists,'' the agency can continue challenging the court's authority to enforce a 1996 consent decree.
Da Hatter did not appear to stay the 550 yards when trialled over the distance for the first time last Saturday and was withdrawn on Tuesday evening.
Hatter is looking to partner with one of the major players to make his wipes dispenser a reality.
London, March 8 ( ANI ): Coleen and Wayne Rooney's son Kai looked adorable as he dressed as the Mad Hatter to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday.
Hatter, a hotelier in Torbay, had taken the trouble to make a 360-mile round trip to put a finger on the pulse, as it were.
As the Mad Hatter moves around the table he never sits in or counts a seat which has been previously used.
Inset, the Mad Hatter, alias Roger French; Pictures: EDDIE BARFORD / eb150208a