Wikipedia: A fedora (pronounced /fɨˈdɔrə/) is a felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. Similar hats with a C-crown (with an indentation for the head in the top of the crown) are occasionally called fedoras. The brim goes all the way around, and often there will be a hat band as well. A trilby hat is somewhat similar to a fedora, but typically has a narrower brim, and the back of the brim is distinctively more sharply upturned as a result.
The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. Originally a women's fashion into the 20th century, the fedora came into use in about 1919, as a men's middle-class clothing accessory. Its popularity soared, and eventually it eclipsed the similar-looking Homburg by the early 1920s. Fedoras can be found in nearly any color imaginable, but black, grey, tan, brown, and red are the most popular.
The term Fedora came from the title of a 1880’s drama by playwright Victorien Sardou, which had been written for the actress Sarah Bernhardt. Premiered in 1889, it saw Bernhardt portray Princess Fedora, the heroine of the piece wearing a fedora hat. On this basis it became fashionable amongst women around the early twentieth century.MOVIES & TV from boxwish http://boxwish.com/movies-men/2010-02-22- return-to-the-50s-with-fedora-hats-as-seen-on- leonardo-dicaprio-in-shutter-island
There's nothing old hat about these old school fedoras.
Fedora hats are due a cinematic comeback. Over the years, they’ve often been in the movie mix. Way back in the days of black and white (before anyone had even dreamed of HD), they were THE thing with gangsters, private investigators and tough guys, almost like a badge of honour for Hollywood heavies. Humphrey Bogart rocked one in Casablanca and Gene Kelly rarely took his off, yet since the heyday of the 40s and early 50s, they’ve become reduced from a key style staple to a quirky character clue.
Freddy Krueger wore one (with a slasher knife glove? What was he thinking?) as he terrorised dreamers in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies and Jake and Elwood Blues paired theirs with Wayfarer shades and classic suits in The Blues Brothers, but by far the most famous fedora fan is Indiana Jones. With his bullwhip and leather jacket, it made up the holy trinity essential to nailing Indy’s explorer look, and while this is always being copied and admired like Freddy and the Blues brothers’ styles, it’s a bit more fancy dress than everyday cool.So how to give the fedora a more cool currency in modern fashions? Get a screen star known for being well-dressed and stylish to wear one. Enter Leonardo DiCaprio – job done. Yes, Leo is working the fedora look in Shutter Island, his latest collaboration with iconic director, Martin Scorsese. Working with Marty has taken Leo back to the mid-1800s with Gangs of New York, to the crime-filled streets of Boston for The Departed and to Hollywood’s glittering golden age in The Aviator and now they’re heading to 1954 for this adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s 2003 bestseller.