The very first Ship hat is believed to be worn in 1588. The ladies of the English Court wore it in celebration of the victory of England over Spain in the famous battle of the fleets when English fleet in a desperate attack destroyed Spanish Armada (Grande y Felicísima Armada or Invincible Fleet) who sailed against Britain with an intention of overthrowing the Queen of England Elizabeth I. Ever since than the ship gracing the head excited and inspired many designers to create their own versions. I too wanted to create a Ship hat inspired by the most romantic book I ever read (or so I thought when I was 16) entitled "Scarlet Sails" by Alexander Green.
I am still drawing sketches of it hoping that one day I will be able to come up with a version that has never been done before. But I do have my absolute favorite Ship hat among the existing versions: spectacular Ship Hat created by Jean Paul Gaultier, made entirely out of blood red seed beads. Just imagine how much labor of love went into this work of art! Truly amazing.... Every time I come across a new version of the Ship Hat I look at the detailing. Anyone can take a ready miniature ship and stick it up in the head, so to me it is always about how much time, effort and love went into creation of the piece. Below you will find a beautiful selection of Ship Hats created by many wonderful designers.
I hope you will enjoy it. I will be adding credits to the name of every designer over the week. Wishing everyone fantastic week ahead! May is almost over and the Summer is just around the corner. :-)