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Why Did We Put Funny Hats on Trump, RBG, and Bryce Harper?

Everyone looks better in a hat!

With more than 120 vendors gathering for the annual Smithsonian Craft Show from April 25 to 29, we asked exhibitor Ignatius Creegan—cofounder of Ignatius Hats in Petersburg, Virginia—which of his custom headpieces he’d pair with some prominent Washingtonians. Everyone looks better in a hat!

Photograph of Bowser by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images.
Photograph of Bowser by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images.

Who: Muriel Bowser.
What: “Easter Parade.”
Why: This straw head covering, Creegan says, “creates personal space while signifying feminine strength and power.”

Photograph of Baron by Michael Hurcomb/Corbis via Getty Images.
Photograph of Baron by Michael Hurcomb/Corbis via Getty Images.

Who: Marty Baron.
What: “Word!”
Why: “This is an old-school editor’s style,” Creegan says. “I thought it was something you’d stick a press pass in.”

Photograph of Harper by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images.
Photograph of Harper by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images.

Who: Bryce Harper.
What: “American Pastime.”
Why: No mystery with this one: It’s a reinterpretation of a baseball cap.

Photograph of Donald Trump by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Photograph of Donald Trump by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Who: Donald Trump.
What: “Campaign Hat.”
Why: The straw boater is a “classic political-style” cap, Creegan says. “I think of it as a campaigning hat, and he’s always campaigning.”

Photograph of Melania Trump by Win McNamee/Getty Images.
Photograph of Melania Trump by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

Who: Melania Trump.
What: “Enigma.”
Why: Right about now, she might be looking for a stylish way to hide. “It’s a little bit of a shield—a veil,” he says.

Photograph of Ginsburg by Larry Downing/Newsweek.
Photograph of Ginsburg by Larry Downing/Newsweek.

Who: Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
What: “19th Amendment.”
Why: “It’s not too flashy,” he says of the 1920s-style cloche, a nod to the women’s-suffrage amendment.

Catch the Smithsonian Craft Show from April 25 to 29 at the National Building Museum. Tickets start at $17.

This article appeared in the April 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She previously was the editorial assistant at Walter Magazine in Raleigh, North Carolina, and freelanced for PoPVille and DCist. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Adams Morgan.