Almost every actor on Broadway this season is wearing an elaborate or opulent hat. For costume designers, their head piece creativity (from movable goldfish to Beanie Baby-topped hats) knew no bounds in plays from revivalist "Hello, Dolly!" and "Little Foxes," to newcomers "Amelie" and "Anastasia."
For example, icon Bette Midler wears this 30-inch-wide hat made of wire, beading and burnt ostrich feathers dyed red from designer Rodney Gordon in "Hello, Dolly!" during the revival play’s signature song. Fun fact: This is just one of 93 women’s hats in the musical.
Check out a number of other hats appearing on Broadway this season in the slideshow below.
For “Anastasia,” Tony Award-nominated designer Linda Cho created this hat based on a traditional Russian headdress – it’s layered with decorative fabrics and lots and lots of jewels.
Tony Award-nominated designer Jane Greenwood built up this fabulous hat with metallic-colored feathers, ribbon, tulle, netting and artificial flowers for either Laura Linney or Cynthia Nixon to wear in the final act of revival play “Little Foxes.”
Tony-nominated costume designer Catherine Zuber created festooned this fancy hat with feathers, ribbons and brooch, along with a 68-inch drape of cream silk crepe that attaches to actor Patti LuPone’s dress in “Warpaint.”
Also in “Warpaint,” this vintage straw platter hat is worn by Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden.
For “Amelie,” costume designer David Zinn created this 18-inch-tall movable fish named Fluffy that appears for just over a minute of stage time; the tail and fins are made of textured plastic and orange organza. The actor-wearer can use rods to make the fins move.
Icon Bette Midler wears this 30-inch-wide hat made of wire, beading and burnt ostrich feathers dyed red from designer Rodney Gordon in “Hello, Dolly!” during the revival play’s signature song. Fun fact: This is just one of 93 women’s hats in the musical.
These fun hats created by designer Rob Howell for “Groundhog Day” bear Beanie Baby groundhogs, a male carrying a snowflake and a female with flowers, inspired by Howell’s recent trip to Punxsutawney, PA, to see if Phil the groundhog would see his shadow.