I don't know who was the first to experiment with it -- perhaps an antique shop owner tried it in the beginning -- but over the years quite a few designers and tastemakers have added a whimsical touch to statuary by tossing on a hat. The interesting part is looking at the various styles chosen.
Shown at top, Mrya Hoefer's take as seen in San Francisco Style (Chronicle Books, 2004) followed by Mr. Hadley's creative styling as seen in Albert Hadley: The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer (Rizzoli, 2004).
Chicago-based historian Bart Swindall did something personal by opting for a utilitarian hard hat that speaks to a former job. (O at Home, Fall 2008). Be sure to pick up the magazine and see his chic apartment inspired by vintage House & Garden's and iconic rooms of the past. Photography by Roland Bello.
Olympian-worthy wreaths for the holidays at Courtnay Daniels' residence. Design by Suzanne Rheinstein and Associates (Southern Accents, November 2002).
And Sara Ruffin Costello's laid-back elegance -- a dapper addition to this bust. Photo by Paul Costello, as seen in Domino.
Pure Jonathan Adler as seen in My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living.
Figures to be treated with more reverence, the First Emperor's terracotta army, are headed to Atlanta. Over 100 works from the ongoing archaeological excavation in China will be on view at the High, November 16 through April 19, 2009. The exhibition is a landmark event for the museum since such a complete group of warrior figures has never before been loaned to the U.S. My tickets are already safely tucked away.
First Emperor images courtesy the High Museum of Art.