Just recently a couple of new cloche hat blocks were added to our collection. We think that this is a good time to find out a bit more about this iconic 20s hat – the cloche hat.
20s fashion has found place not only in the latest movies but also in our wardrobe. The classical cloche hat has regained its popularity. More and more women prefer to include this iconic accessory in their Autumn-Winter wardrobe. This is also good news for milliners, as this is one of the hats that is easy to shape and at the same time provides space for numerous variations in style and trimming.
Bits about the history of cloche hats
Did you know that the cloche hat was invented already in 1908 by a French milliner Caroline Reboux? This small bell-shaped (in French “cloche” means “bell”) hat became most popular in the 1920s and was worn till 1930s.
Cloche hats were traditionally made of felt, sisal or straw. Special cloche hats were also created for evening wear and were made from lace, silk, beads etc. Cloche hats were commonly worn plain, showing off the shape and texture of a well made hat.
At the same time these hats could also be trimmed with appliqués, beads, brooches, scarves, feathers etc. trimmings were usually applied to one side only, mainly the right side.
Cloche hats even became common bridal accessories.
It’s interesting how ladies used ribbons of cloche hats to give different messages: an arrow-like ribbon indicated a woman was single but had already given her heart to someone, a firm knot signaled marriage or a flamboyant bow indicated the wearer was single and interested in mingling.
The cloche hat was worn all but pulled over the eyes, allowing just a glimpse of the eyes of the wearer. As the years passed by also the style of the cloche changed a bit – the brim of the had become narrower until in the late 20s the asymmetrical brim practically disappeared.
Modern cloche hat
Inspired by this iconic hat we have assembled a selection of modern cloche hats that will easily find a place in a contemporary wardrobe. Which style of the cloche would you prefer?
We hope this post inspired you, so grab your hat blocks or choose one of our Easy Hat Blocks to create your own cloche hat.