Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet

Nothing screams new hat like the approach of Easter. This year I'm feeling the cloche. The cloche was the iconic hat of the roaring twenties and will ever be associated with flappers. Cloches were worn pulled low over the forehead so the wearer’s eyes peeked out from just below the brim. An Art Deco influence can be seen in the zigzag seaming and construction lines of many cloche hats. Art Deco appliqué was also a popular embellishment. Wikipedia credits Parisian milliner Caroline Reboux as the creator of the cloche hat although the hats were worn as early as 1910 and well into the 30's.

Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
if you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry "Lover, gold-hated, high-bouncing lover,
I must have you!"
-Thomas Parke D'Invilliers

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