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.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Designed by: Unidentified
Worn by: Bootsy Collins, American, born 1951
Object number: 2015.234.2.3
Date: ca. 1990
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)
See more items in: National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Exhibition: Musical Crossroads
On View: NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Credit Line: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bootsy Collins
Restrictions & Rights: No Known Copyright Restrictions