Fédora is a play by the French author Victorien Sardou. The first production in 1882 starred Sarah Bernhardt in the title role of Princess Fédora Romazov. She wore a soft felt hat in that role which was soon a popular fashion for women; the hat became known as a fedora.[1]

The play was turned into an opera, Fedora, by Umberto Giordano in 1898.



  1. Marciano, John Bemelmans. 2009. Anonyponymous: the forgotten people behind everyday words. New York: Bloomsbury USA. p. 65. ISBN 9781596916531

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