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Yellow and black hat worn by Bootsy Collins

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
A yellow leather mad hatter style top hat worn by Bootsy Collins. The hat is a tall cylindrical shape that gets wider at the top than at the brim, with a flat top. The brim is short. The hat band is made from black leather decorated with metal buckles attached to the brim with yellow leather. An additional band of black leather is sewn around the top of the hat and decorated with rounded metal studs. There is a black five-pointed star topstitched to the center front side that is decorated with rounded metal studs. Another black leather five-pointed star is topstitched at the center top side of the hat and is outlined with the rounded metal studs.
The interior of the hat contains a plastic and nylon buckram stiffener throughout, except in the brim. The interior of the brim is faced with yellow leather.
Designed by
Unidentified
Worn by
Bootsy Collins, American, born 1951
Date
ca. 1990
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bootsy Collins
Medium
leather and metal with plastic and nylon buckram
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8 1/2 × 13 3/4 × 12 5/8 in. (21.6 × 34.9 × 32.1 cm)
Type
hats
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Object number
2015.234.2.3
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Costume
Funk (Music)
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Singers (Musicians)
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions