Friday, November 25, 2011

Fashion Flashback: Cloche Hats

Famous French milliner Caroline Reboux, inventor of the cloche hat

I'll be visiting Portland, Oregon, for the first time next month and couldn't be more excited.  Having grown up in the South, to travel somewhere cold in December means being able to bust out the coats, gloves and hats that otherwise sit in my closet unused most of the year.

My brother bought me a cloche hat from Anthropologie for Christmas last year and I love it.  The bell-shaped hat was invented in 1908 by Parisian milliner Caroline Reboux, who promoted hats as an essential fashion accessory for women.  One of Reboux's most famous customers was Marlene Dietrich, who liked the berets Reboux designed.  The cloche hat was most popular in the 1920s, seen on such starlets of the time as Carole Lombard and Marion Davies.  It was perfect for women with cropped or bobbed hair.

Below are an assortment of cloche hats spanning eras, from the '20s to the '60s (as seen on Twiggy) to today.  For those of you who are fans of Gossip Girl (major guilty pleasure), Leighton Meester's character has been seen on more than one occasion wearing a cloche.


Photo Sources:  
Dovima is Devine
Of Another Fashion 
Art Knowledge News.com 

1 comment:

  1. Other that a hat with a brim, to shade your eyes, I do not understand it. Even in that case you should only wear a visor. Wearing a hat keeps the heat from escaping your body, and in hot weather you would want it to escape, right?
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