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Boater Hat Collection

"Boater Hat: A Timeless Fashion Statement Through the Years" From iconic comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, to vintage snapshots of picnics and auto rides

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, photo-call launch party for their joint autobiography

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, photo-call launch party for their joint autobiography, titled Eric & Ernie, pictured at Carlton Tower Hotel, London, 17th September 1973

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Princess Diana meets and greets the people of Atherstone, Warwickshire

Princess Diana meets and greets the people of Atherstone, Warwickshire, England on one of her many walkabouts. Picture taken 27th June 1985

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: A Tandem Bicycle

A Tandem Bicycle
3790541 A Tandem Bicycle; (add.info.: A Tandem Bicycle. Early 20th century illustration. La Locomotion a Travers le Temps, Les Moeurs et L'Espace by Uzanne, Octave)

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Woman riding a bicycle

Woman riding a bicycle
3790553 Woman riding a bicycle.; (add.info.: Woman riding a bicycle. Illustration, early 20th century. La Locomotion a Travers le Temps, Les Moeurs et L'Espace by Uzanne, Octave. Paris, 1912. p)

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Greeley Autos to 42 & B Way, c. 1910-21 (b / w photo)

Greeley Autos to 42 & B Way, c. 1910-21 (b / w photo)
1078721 Greeley Autos to 42 & B Way, c.1910-21 (b/w photo) by Hassler, William Davis (1877-1921); Collection of the New-York Historical Society

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Man Wearing a Straw Hat, 1905-06 (w / c over graphite on white wove paper)

Man Wearing a Straw Hat, 1905-06 (w / c over graphite on white wove paper)
2972653 Man Wearing a Straw Hat, 1905-06 (w/c over graphite on white wove paper) by Cezanne, Paul (1839-1906); 47.9x31.5 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA; Gift of Janis H

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Unidentified informal group portrait at a picnic, c. 1910 (b / w photo)

Unidentified informal group portrait at a picnic, c. 1910 (b / w photo)
1078736 Unidentified informal group portrait at a picnic, c.1910 (b/w photo) by Hassler, William Davis (1877-1921); Collection of the New-York Historical Society

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Picture shows the departure of The Cambridgeshire Regiment

Picture shows the departure of The Cambridgeshire Regiment. from Cambridge Station, in August 1914. Soldiers in the train and their loved ones on the platforms say goodbye to one and other

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Pop star Elton John wearing a hat trimmed with flowers and feathers

Pop star Elton John wearing a hat trimmed with flowers and feathers, on arrival at Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles, where he has been recording a new album

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: HRH The Princess of Wales, Princess Diana officially opens the Findus Factory in

HRH The Princess of Wales, Princess Diana officially opens the Findus Factory in Longbenton, North Tyneside, North East of England. Picture taken 18th May, 1983

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: Princess Diana and Prince Charles meet and greet the people of Atherstone, Warwickshire

Princess Diana and Prince Charles meet and greet the people of Atherstone, Warwickshire, England on one of her many walkabouts. Picture taken 27th June 1985

Background imageBoater Hat Collection: F Sinclair - Trainer and owner of the race horse Zev an American thoroughbred

F Sinclair - Trainer and owner of the race horse Zev an American thoroughbred horse racing 15 October 1923


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"Boater Hat: A Timeless Fashion Statement Through the Years" From iconic comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, to vintage snapshots of picnics and auto rides, the boater hat has been a beloved accessory for over a century. This classic headpiece exudes elegance and charm, as seen in the black-and-white photo-call launch party for Morecambe and Wise's joint autobiography. Dating back to 1905-06, a man wearing a straw hat showcases its enduring appeal. The delicate watercolor painting captures the essence of this timeless fashion piece on white wove paper. Similarly, an unidentified group portrait at a picnic around 1910 features individuals donning their boaters with pride. The boater hat transcends time and social events. In another snapshot from history, we witness The Cambridgeshire Regiment bidding farewell while sporting these stylish hats, and is not just historical figures who embrace this trend; even pop star Elton John can be seen rocking a boater adorned with flowers and feathers. Royalty also falls under the spell of this fashionable headgear. HRH Princess Diana officially opens the Findus Factory in her signature gracefulness while wearing her own elegant boater hat. Additionally, she meets and greets people in Atherstone alongside Prince Charles while showcasing her impeccable style. Whether it's adding flair to an ensemble or paying homage to bygone eras, the boater hat remains an evergreen symbol of sophistication throughout generations. Its ability to effortlessly elevate any outfit makes it a must-have accessory that continues to captivate fashion enthusiasts worldwide.