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velour felt
79.0 cm (outer circumference) 12.5 cm (height) 25.5 cm (width)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1996
Gallery location
Not on display
The black felt hat has a tall narrow crown encircled by a high upturned brim. The title refers to the tradition of men wearing a Top hat in a dull black fabric at the Opera. This hat however makes fun at this genre by distorting the classic shape of such a hat, and ignoring its sexual demarcation and its traditional function.