Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I want you so much cloche-er

I am attending a 1920s party this weekend, and will post photos of the elaborate feather concoctions I hope women will model on their heads. Not to mention the dapper top hats the men will wear.

While researching for inspiration, I realised the beauty of a cloche hat. Seriously how cool is this: Often, different styles of ribbons affixed to the hats indicated different messages about the wearer. Several popular messages included: An arrow-like ribbon which indicated a girl was single but had already given her heart to someone, a firm knot which signaled marriage or a flamboyant bow which indicated the wearer was single and interested in mingling.

There's a few very cute cloche style hats on felt.co.nz - I like this burgundy coloured one from crochetnz The mannequin freaks me out, but, cute hat.

From Etsy's Lisa Rietz

My old friend Hera makes hats (of course she does, and sings beautifully) and they are beautiful. Check out her site here on felt.co.nz.

From trademe's onerose

With a beautiful, head-fitting hat such as the cloche, it is very important to have the right hair cut. Womens' hair in the 1920s framed the face with fringes (bangs, for Americans) and was often very short and blunt.

If you want to know more about the fashion history of the 1920s, I'd recommend this site.

"There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us, and not we, them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking." - Virginia Woolf


  1. ohhh i have one of these hats :) a deep red mowhair looking one

  2. I'd love a picture Mrs McCarron! I fell in love with a $40 velvet cloche hat on Cuba St. Gotta sell more scarves, then I can afford it!!