A Picture hat gets its name from a picture frame. Just like a picture frame outlines a picture, the hat has a wide brim that outlines the wearer’s head. It is an elaborate construction and therefore covers many different varieties of hats, including the Halo hat and the Cartwheel hat. In fact, it could be thought of as a hat category rather than a hat type.
Another reason why this hat came to be known as a picture hat was that in the 18th century, the famous painter Thomas Gainsborough painted pictures of social women with huge hats. This created the buzz around these hats, and thus they were called the picture hats.
The picture hats were decorated with feathers, trims, or even whole birds. The more decorated the hat, the more expensive it was, and thus the more affluent the wearer was considered. One of the recent wearers of the Picture hat is Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her style revived the hat in the 1960s after its former downfall in the 1930s.
A picture hat is a formal hat that can be worn with evening gowns and dresses.