Greetings and welcome. Vivian has made her choices. They are not the ones we expected. Hmmmmm. Look!
Since the human heart has long been associated with emotion and pleasure, the shape was eventually co-opted as a symbol of romance and medieval courtly love. More about all of that below.
Here is Hattingdon wearing a vivid red classic hat adorned with hearts galore.
This selection is a big surprise and we love it. We thought Vivian would go for a vintage hat, but she instead chose a very recent design. Look.
Sweeeeeet! We love it. Here is some history on how the heart shape came to be.
History of the heart shape
[T]he heart shape may have been born when artists and scientists from the Middle Ages attempted to draw representations of ancient medical texts. In the 14th century, for example, the Italian physicist Guido da Vigevano made a series of anatomical drawings featuring a heart that closely resembles the one described by Aristotle.
Since the human heart has long been associated with emotion and pleasure, the shape was eventually co-opted as a symbol of romance and medieval courtly love. It grew especially popular during the Renaissance, when it was used in religious art depicting the Sacred Heart of Christ and as one of the four suits in playing cards. By the 18th and 19th centuries, meanwhile, it had become a recurring motif in love notes and Valentine’s Day cards. More at the History Channel »
Hattingdon had a fashion hat beginning with the letter “F” named Fleur, but not a single classic hat. Then Vivian discovered that the artwork for the fashion hat is . . . gone! Where to, who by, who knows.
Vivian saw this an opportunity to have some creative fun. She decided to reimagine the Fleur design — both as a classic hat and a fashion hat. They are colorful, fun and quite stylish. We trust you will agree. Look!
On to the fashion hat, which is equally scrumptious.
Instead of featuring the blossom as a pattern, Vivian used as an adornment. Here she is.
We have two very special hats for you. Eden and Etienne.
Eden is a sweet hat created in the classic silhouette featuring a lovely bamboo inspired pattern. The colours are soothing and lovely. It features a teal dome, a sky blue hatband and stylish olive brim.
Etienne is one of Vivian’s all-time favourite hats. She created the original design very early on, long before what you see here.
Below is the original Etienne created in 2009.
Isn’t she fun? She doesn’t look amused though, does she? Ha ha ha. This design “has come a long way baby!”