FOLLOWING SHERLOCK’S DEERSTALKER THROUGHOUT THE SERIES - BASED ON THE ASSUMPTION EMP STARTS AT THE BEGINNING OF ASIB
deerstalker made his first appearance in ASIB I just thought of it as a
reminiscence to canon Sherlock Holmes. After all, this hat has become the most famous trademark for the great detective worldwide for more than hundred years. Somehow the
deerstalker and Holmes are almost inseperable. Therefore it’s no great
surprise that this hat shows up in Sherlock BBC as well. What I wonder now - after
having written about the Deer and the Skull - is this: Could the
deerstalker be of more importance for the story than just a
reference to victorian Holmes? Because:
‘The deerstalker is traditionally a rural outdoorsman’s cap. It is not an appropriate headgear for the properly dressed urban Gentleman. The fashion-conscious Holmes would be loath to commit such a sartorial faux pas.' (X)
That’s about canon Sherlock Holmes. Nowadays - in the 21st century -
wearing a deerstalker in London would look even more strange I assume. And I’m
not talking here about fans who wear it in honor of Sherlock. That’s
something quite different. No, I mean wearing it as a hat … just a hat.
The more I think about that 'silly hat’ the more it appears to be a massive anomaly in this modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation.
After knitting a wallpaper hat for the Baker Street Babes’ Charity Auction, I was struck by the idea of making similar hats for myself and my sisters, but with each featuring the wallpaper design in that sister’s favorite color. They came down to visit last weekend to see the Lion King, and I handed them out. Hooray, everyone liked theirs!!