Headwear Hall of Fame

Headwear Hall of Fame

What is the Headwear Hall of Fame?

Every year, The Headwear Association recognizes individuals known for their signature style, which of course includes wearing a wide variety of hats.

The THA Headwear Hall of Fame now totals 79 stylish individuals. The diverse group includes Princess Diana, Johnny Depp, Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Samuel L Jackson, Diane Keaton, Humphrey Bogart, LL Cool J, Tom Petty, and more.  

Headwear Hall of Fame Inductees:

Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Depp, Princess Diana, Vince Lombardi, Jackie Kennedy, Madonna

Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Audrey Hepburn

Carlos Santana, Ne-yo, Gwen Stefani, Payne Stewart, Cameron Diaz, Aretha Franklin

Fred Astaire, LL Cool J, Kid Rock, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, Marlene Deitrich

Josephine Baker, Rachel Zoe, Tom Waits, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Cary Grant

Bruno Mars, Spike Lee, Queen Elizabeth, Elton John, Sofia Loren, Diane Keaton

Pharrell Williams, Tim McGraw, Cara Delevigne, Sean Connery, Alicia Keyes, Joan Collins

John Wayne, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Kate Hudson, Hedy Lamarr

Tom Petty, Jennifer Aniston, Willie Nelson, Erykah Badu, Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Ava Gardner

Oprah Winfrey, Keith Richards, Anne Hathaway, Brian Dawkins, Beyoncé Knowles, Chris Stapleton

Rhianna, Barbra Streisand, Cam Newton, David Bowie, Jason Alsean, Cher

Jane Seymour, Kate Winslet, Taylor Swift, Bryson DeChambeau, Billy Porter, Garth Brooks, Chris Paul

Zendaya, Janelle Monáe, Cedric the Entertainer, Cody Johnson, Grace Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright

Headwear Hall of Fame Spotlight: Jane Seymour

Congratulations to actress, artist, philanthropist Jane Seymour. Jane Seymour has been named to The Headwear Hall of Fame, and just launched the third design in her collection for Wallaroo Hats, The Elise.

The Elise is a chic wide-brimmed hat inspired by Elise McKenna and the glamourous fashion & oversized hats worn by Jane’s character in the film. The Elise has a sweeping 4’5” brim and with elegant wide scarf attached. Ms. Seymour’s first hat designs for Wallaroo were The Lady Jane hats which feature custom scarves printed with waves & fall leaves designs from her watercolor paintings. 

If you need proof that wearing a hat regularly can prevent skin damage, look no further than Jane Seymour.  An avid hat aficionado, Ms. Seymour has been wearing hats for most of her life not only as a style statement – but also to protect her skin from the sun. 

Ms Seymour received the Order of the British Empire OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from the Queen Elizabeth in 2000. Now they are fellow Headwear Hall of Famers. She also joins close friend Joan Collins in the Headwear Hall of Fame.

The Headwear Association honors individuals with stellar hat style and our Headwear Hall of Fame now totals seventy-two stylish individuals. Ms. Seymour joins hat style icons Audrey Hepburn, Jennifer Lopez, Jackie Kennedy, David Bowie, Beyoncé, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson and more as a Headwear Hall of Fame Honoree.

Check out Jane Seymour’s new hat design for Wallaroo Hats: The Elise.

Headwear Hall of Fame Spotlight: Zendaya

A true 21st century style icon and one of our red carpet favorites, Zendaya always serves a LOOK! She just nabbed the Golden Globe for Euphoria – and now she can add Headwear Hall of Famer to her list of accolades. Zendaya has been rocking amazing headwear for years – even back in her Disney days. 

She launched her fashion brand Daya in 2016 and became the face of Tommy Hilfiger in 2018. She has received quite a few awards for fashion, notably the Visionary Award for her inclusivity and body-positivity, the CFDA Fashion Icon Award, four Teen Choice Award nominations, and the People’s Choice Award Style Icon. She has always drawn inspiration from the 70’s, and is most well known for her out-of-the-box Met Gala looks.

Zendaya burst onto the scene in 2009, starring in the Disney Channel’s “Shake it Up” and K.C. Undercover. Since then, she has become one of the most prominent actresses of the decade, recently starring in Dune, Malcolm & Marie, and Euphoria. She has received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Euphoria, as well as multiple Critics Choice, BET, Saturn, and Young Artist Awards. 

Zendaya also dabbled in music; releasing singles in 2011 and an album in 2013, most known for her song “Replay” which made it on the Billboard Top 40 in that year and was on multiple Top 20 charts. She also received two Emmy nominations for her songwriting in Euphoria and a Teen Choice Award in 2018 for “Rewrite the Stars” from The Greatest Showman. In 2022, Zendaya made it into TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of 2022.

Headwear Hall of Fame Spotlight: Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer is an American actor and comedian, most well known for the Barbershop and Madagascar trilogies. He was also one of the first Original Kings of Comedy. 

Cedric is almost never seen without a hat and even has his own hat line. In high school, Cedric developed a rash that left scarring on the crown of his head. He covered the scarring with hats throughout his early adult life and much of his professional career, and his hats grew to become a style symbol. In 2005, Cedric shared that he was no longer ashamed of his condition and is in fact proud of it. Cedric’s favorite hats – fedoras and newsboy caps – are his most well known fashion statement, and he launched his hat line, WHO CED, in 2011, celebrating his love of hats.

Cedric started his acting career in 1995, quickly finding fame on the Steve Harvey Show, and in movies: Big Momma’s House, Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, Street Kings. Cedric also pursued voice acting in Ice Age as Carl and the Madagascar series, in which he voiced Maurice.

In 2019, Cedric the Entertainer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He holds the records for most wins for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series with a whopping five wins over the span of five years. He also won a BET Comedy Award in 2004 for his role in Barbershop 2. Cedric was nominated for two image awards in 2022: for hosting the Emmy Awards and The Neighborhood. 

Headwear Hall of Fame Spotlight: Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe won THA Hat Person of the Year in 2019, and has a reputation for her bold headwear choices – so obviously she deserves a spot in the Headwear Hall of Fame. 

Known for her versatility in fashion, Janelle Monáe can rock a men’s suit or a sparkly dress and effortlessly pull off any look. She is well known for her show-stopping 2019 Christian Siriano Met Gala dress and her use of menswear pieces. Monáe is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community and is known to incorporate rainbows as well as positive messages into her fashion.

Globally recognized American actress and R&B artist Janelle Monáe has been releasing music since 2003, top song “I Like That” on her 2018 album Dirty Computer earned an ASCAP award, and Monae has received many accolades for her musical talent, notably two from Billboard Women in Music in 2013 and 2018 and NAACP and GLAAD awards in 2014 and 2019, respectively. 

Monáe is perhaps best known for her starring roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight, both of which are critically acclaimed and won numerous awards, including a Critic’s Choice and Independent Spirit Award for Moonlight and a Hollywood Film Award for Hidden Figures, as well as numerous other wins and nominations.

Headwear Hall of Fame Spotlight: Cody Johnson

Cody Johnson is well known for his signature western approach to style, which is rooted in classic, cowboy looks. “A classic outfit for me is a plain-old Wrangler pearl-snap work shirt, a pair of Wrangler 20X jeans, a Resistol hat, and a buckle on.” Cody is rarely seen without his signature Resistol Hat. In fact Cody created a collection with Resistol Hats, and the Cody Johnson by Resistol line offers wool felt and straw cowboy hats, all with his signature western vibe. 

Often described as a trendsetter in Western fashion, Johnson is a self-proclaimed fan of the reliable: If I’ve ever set a trend, it’s completely by accident. And that’s just the power of authenticity. “I don’t use products I don’t believe in. I wear things out, and if they don’t last, they don’t last long with me.”

Texas native singer-songwriter Cody Johnson has been making music since his childhood, but started his career bull-riding when he was 15. After doing that for a few years, he decided it was time to switch gears and ultimately returned to writing songs. His musical career started in a three-man-band with his dad and a family friend in 2006 and started to take off in 2011 with Cody’s fourth album A Different Day. In 2016, Johnson’s album Gotta Be Me peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard top 200 and No. 2 on the Country Albums chart. 

Johnson is a heavily awarded and record-breaking artist. In 2019, he became the first independent country singer to sell out Houston NRG Stadium (74,000 seats!) Cody also won the Texas Regional Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year in 2011, and four awards in 2022 alone: CMT awards for male Video of the Year and Digital First Performance of the Year, and CMA awards for Music Video and Single of the Year. 

Headwear Hall of Fame Spotlight: Grace Jones

Jamaican born singer, actress, and model Grace Jones is well known for her eclectic gender-bending style and iconic, show-stopping headwear.

Grace Jones rose to fame in the late seventies, sought after as a model because of her strong androgynous features. She worked with famous photographers like  Jean-Paul Gaultier, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer, and launched her music career in 1977, breaking onto the disco scene in New York. In the 80s her style of music changed, drawing inspiration from punk, reggae, and pop, in a distinctly Grace style. Jones also acted in a few indie films, as well as Conan the Destroyer with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Douglas.

A heavily awarded actress and artist, Jones won a Bravo Otto award for best female actress in 1985, a Q Icon Award in 2008, and two awards in 2017: the Voice Of a Woman Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival. She was also nominated for countless acting and music awards, as well as one for her memoir.

Headwear Hall of Fame Spotlight: Frank Lloyd Wright

World renowned for his architecture and design, Frank Lloyd Wright was also a man of style. 

He was very well known for his fashion, famously saying “Style is a consequence of character.” Wright became known for always donning a scarf, cane (for gesturing) and his signature, wide brimmed pork pie hat. As Stuart Graff, CEO and President of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation said, “Like the eaves of a well-designed building, Wright’s hat completed his personal design.”

Best known for iconic buildings such as Fallingwater, the Guggenheim Museum, and Unity Temple, Mr. Wright was a giant in the architecture world, changing it immensely in his seven-decade career and creating more than 700 designs. He pioneered the Prairie Style: distinctly American architecture inspired by nature with modern touches. Wright was also a believer in harmony between the building and the environment, incorporating nature into works like Fallingwater, a style he called organic architecture.

Wright was one of the most awarded architects of his time, receiving the Royal Gold Medal in 1941, the Twenty-five Year Award in 1973, 1974, 1983, and again in 1986, as well as the AIA Gold Medal in 1949.

Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced heavily by nature, music, and Japanese culture, all of which can be seen in his work.

Headwear Hall of Fame Spotlight: Billy Porter