Maroon, Felt Cloche Hat, 1920s
This burgundy cloche hat attracted my attention because of its color and style. This style of hat was most popular in the 1920s, and most associated with the Flapper style of the Roaring Twenties.
The cloche hat (cloche is the French word for “bell”) is a bell-shaped, fitted design invented by milliner Caroline Reboux in 1908, and continued to be commonly seen until the early 1930s. Cloche hats were usually made of felt so that they better conformed to the head and were worn low on the forehead. The style also inspired new hairstyles of the time, such as the Eton crop and the bob, to best showcase the hat’s shape. The cloche could also be made of straw or sisal for summer, and beads or lace for evening wear, cocktails, dancing or bridal wear.
The maroon cloche hat in the Museum of Texas Tech Collections has a lighter-hued maroon grosgrain ribbon trim, and is lined with light tan fabric.