Food as Fashion: Maor Zabar’s Delectable Hats

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Food as Fashion: Maor Zabar’s Delectable Hats

n the past months on food meets fashion we covered gorgeous footwear that looks like cake, macaron-themed dresses and purses that are irresistible. But to complete this fashion forward foodie look, one needs an elegant, cuisine-inspired hat to match.

Enter Maor Zabar, Israeli costume designer and milliner. Zabar has been working as a costume designer for 13 years, learned how to make hats in the last seven years, and set up his Etsy haberdashery boutique just over two years ago. The food hats were what made his name, garnering coverage on blogs and publications globally. His inspirations are always personal. He explains for the food hats that, “About four years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and while we were trying figure out what was wrong with me, there was a year when I had to go on a really severe, specific diet. That’s when I decided to create hats of all the things I couldn’t eat. It started with only four hats, with what I craved the most: pie, sushi, sunny-side-up eggs and the salad (which is weird, but I couldn’t eat raw vegetables then). People really liked them and wanted more and more, so I added the shrimp, the fish, and the macarons. The macaron was a success and we sold a lot of fish hats; I think the only one that was sold only once was the salad.”

The couture hats can be purchased on Zabar’s Etsy boutique and range from $150 to $1,500

Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author, and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.