The cloche is one of those icons of fashion that never seem to disappear for long. Milliners have been reviving and reinventing this little bell shaped hat since it’s inception sometime around 1908. Caroline Reboux is credited with inventing and naming the cloche. It became popular around 1915 and is the signature chapeaux of the Roaring ‘20s often referred to, today, as “flapper hats”. The dominance of the cloche remained strong until around 1933 when it finally fell from favor.
Every decade since then, however, the cloche has made a comeback, some decades it was embraced more than others but examples can be found throughout the 20th century and it’s influence on millinery fashion continues. Long live the cloche!