There has been a lot of interest in the Mountain hat recently due to Pharrell Williams’ wearing of one at the Grammy awards a few days ago (nice one Pharrell).
First produced in 1982 for the ‘Nostalgia of Mud’ fashion show, the hat has been part of the regular look at the World’s End shop.
Made to look like a bashed in hillbilly’s hat it was worn by Malcolm in his Buffalo Girls music video & on the back of his Duck Rock album.
Actually the Mountain hat is the second in the line of Westwood ‘oversized’ hats. The first was the giant bowler a year before in the Savages collection & since then there has been the John Bull & the Giant Cowboy. This summer there will be the Pilgrim hat & later in autumn the Giant Top hat.
The look of the ‘Nostalgia of Mud’ collection including the mountain hat had been inspired largely by imagery of Peruvian women whose indigenous outfit is to wear knee length circle skirts which swing when they dance, short jackets, blankets around them which they can use to carry things in & felt hats. Coinciding with this Malcolm had had another idea that the look should have the imaginary story behind it that gangs of tribal people living in the north would climb over Hadrian’s Wall at night & come to British nightclubs where they would be the most stylish, interesting people around. Then in the morning they would disappear again back over the wall leaving everyone wondering who they were.
Sheepskin was used a lot in the collection, but contrary to normal practice Vivienne did not bind the edges of any of the skins leaving them raw & ragged.
The Mountain hat has been made in a whole range of colours in felt (about 12 colours) although the black & the brown colours are the most popular. It has also been made in straw.
The hat is not mass produced so there are times when supply of them runs a bit short but they are regularly made (see ‘Behind the scenes Tom’ post) so everybody gets one in the end.
Mountain Hat… Exclusive to World’s End shop… Price £95