2012 Headwear Hall of Famers: Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, LL Cool J

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2012 Headwear Hall of Fame

Los Angeles—Hats off to Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, LL Cool J and Kid Rock, the latest celebrity inductees into 2012 Headwear Hall of Fame.

Marlene Dietrich and Fred Astaire, stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, were inducted posthumously, too.

In its announcement of the latest Headwear Hall of Fame inductees on Thursday, The Headwear Association (THA) noted that these six style setters all have been known for frequently wearing hats in their personal lives and have had a positive impact on new and popular headwear fashions.

“The mission of THA is to promote the headwear industry and keep hats in the public eye, and each year we honor individuals who have made hats an integral part of their personal style,” said Ryan Seth, president at THA.

‘Hats: An Integral Part of Their Personal Style’

This year’s inductees were among the 50 legendary hat wears—living and dead—who were nominated by THA members and selected by the THA board of directors. To be eligible, the inductees must wear hats in their personal lives, not only while performing on stage or screen.

And this year’s inductees leave little doubt about their hankering for headwear:

Lady Gaga whose theatrical headwear has ranged from leather motorcycle hats to outré creations featuring a lobster, a skeleton rib cage, antlers, crystals, among others, is “an obvious choice,” said Seth. “She even applied for an internship with master milliner Philip Treacy.”

Victoria Beckham often tops of her own designs as well as those of others with a hat. Her choices run the gamut from chic military caps and dramatic fedoras to  the Treacy-designed pill box style she worn to the Royal Wedding in April. Beckham also takes her love of hats to her own runways– showing hats with her signature Victoria Beckham Collection.

Marlene Dietrich was a fan of hats from from her early career in 1920s Berlin cabarets to her heyday as a top box office star in 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. Her favored styles included couture hats, fedoras, even the occasional Army cap during her troop tours in World War II. A fashion enthusiast, Dietrich was one of the first stars to embrace Christian Dior’s New Look from head to toe. “They don’t make them like Dietrich anymore,” according to THA.

●Fred Astaire, the epitome of elegance and good manners during his 76-year career in Hollywood, not only danced wearing hats, but he favored top hats, fedora, summer boaters and berets as part of his impeccable wardrobe in his personal life.

●Kid Rock (aka “American Bad Ass) is rarely seen on stage or off without a hat, and he wears both cowboy hats and fedoras as part of his distinct Rock ‘n Roll swagger.

●LL Cool J (that’s short for “Ladies Love Cool James”) lives up his moniker ever since he burst onto the music scene in 1985 with his suave, debonair styles that include favorite hats such as his signature Kangol bucket, fedoras and driving caps.

Previous Headwear Hall of Fame inductees include Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna, Princess Diana, and Frank Sinatra.

The formal induction for this year’s six notables will be held at THA’s annual Gala at The Central Park Boathouse on April 19, 2012.

For more information about The Headwear Association and The Headwear Hall of Fame visit www.theheadwearassociation.org

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