Cloche hat

A Cloche hat (Cloche meaning bell in French) is normally made of felt and is shaped like a bell designed to sit low on the forehead. Worn by women it became fashionable in the 1920s, being created in 1908 and was frequently accessorised/re-created by turning the brim upwards or embellishment, using a ribbon to signal the marital status of the wearer. For evening wear, the cloche hat may be made of lace or beads and in summer sisal and straw. Fashion couture houses such as Lanvin also designed the hat to match their outfits. The hat was no longer seen as fashionable in the early 1930s.

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Written by Hollyann Prince

Hollyann Prince, graduating in International Fashion Business at Nottingham Trent University next year, currently writing the Silhouette & Looks and Accessories section of the Dictionary for Catwalk Yourself. A lover of fashion history and everything unique.

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