Collection Online
rabbit fur felt, synthetic (lining), cotton
72.0 cm (outer circumference) 21.0 cm (height) 22.8 cm (width)
Place/s of Execution
California, United States
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss Anne Ross, 1983
Gallery location
Not on display
The cloche is probably the most iconic hat of the 1920s. Typically made of straw, fabrics and especially felt, the high bulbous crowns lent themselves to experimentation with pleating, beading, embroidery, appliqué and trimming. Here, brown velvet ribbon is woven through yellow felt to create a decorative motif. Soft, hugging cloches reflected the casualness and ease of 1920s dressing.
—text from Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion (Jan 1970)