For all the designer fashions festooning the inaugural ceremonies for President Barack Obama’s second term today, none appeared quite as inscrutable as the hat donned by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
However, it took a mere reminder of the last inauguration, when the justice appeared with another notable skull cap, to understand the justice’s fashion statement.
“This year’s hat was a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More” (see above), legal expert Jeffrey Toobin noted, as the Atlantic Wire explains. “It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia, presented to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.”
The justices of the court, as pictured above left, may have had something else on their minds this morning — like the breakfast served at the court.