The Victorians era was full of weird traditions, including post-mortem photography. Taxidermy hats were also part of fashion. These hats were super fashionable among the upper-class Victorians. The Victorian era is considered as the golden age of taxidermy, donning a dead animal on top of the head was considered the ultimate in haute couture. Dead mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles were used to design these taxidermy hats. English ornithologist John Hancock mounted a series of stuffed birds as an exhibit in the Great Exhibition of 1851.