In 18th century England, hats became more fashionable as the practice of wearing huge wigs died out.
Most historians believe the top hat originated in London with John Etherington, the owner of a fashionable men’s hat shop.
The story goes that Etherington designed this far out stovepipe contraption and wore it on his way home from work.
The extra-high hat caused so much of a stir that a brawl erupted among spectators.
Orders for the hat came pouring in.
More recently, many believe that the first silk top hat in England was created by a hatter from Middlesex named George Dunnage in 1793.
In 1803, Jägers in the Imperial Russian Army began wearing top hats.