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French milliner Caroline Reboux invented the bell-shaped cloche hat in 1908. Traditionally made of felt, cloche hats can be plain or decorated with sequins, embroidery, or feathers, to complement any outfit, from a simple sundress to a starlet’s cocktail gown.
In the 20s, the cloche reached the height of its popularity — the hat was so haute that it even influenced popular hairstyles: The Eton crop — the short, slicked-down style most popular in the 20s — was often requested because it worked so well under a cloche. Variations in the shape of the brim and seam styles were impacted by Art Deco designs, and some beaded and lace variations were even worn as wedding styles.
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