explanation of piece: Chef hats as we all know them are the tall stark white hats, with a very basic cylinder shape. Its height serves the purpose of making the head chef easy to find in a bustling restaurant kitchen, as it towers above all else. In a sense it is a symbol of rank and status, so I looked at other headpieces from varying groups that convey status as well. The two that I liked the most and that served as inspiration were Native American headdresses, and military caps. I tried to incorporate some of their shapes and features into the new chef hat, while still keeping the tall shape for its original purpose. Not pictured, but I left the top open for the purpose of a chef being able to store various cooking utensils, such as spatulas, spoons, or knives, in it to have quick access given the fast pace of kitchen life.