I was finding out about cloche hats the other day which were the height of fashion in the 1920s. (See my blogpost Oh I do like to be beside the seaside in a cloche hat.) Originally invented in 1908 by the French milliner and fashion designer Caroline Reboux the cloche hat dominated millinery style during the 1920s and early thirties. The name derived from the French word "cloche" describing the "bell" shape of the basic style.
I was researching the British Newspaper Archive for further information and found that not everyone thought the cloche hat was such a great idea.
These gloomy doctors in Lincolnshire were warning against wearing them during a heat wave:
This manufacturer of umbrellas in Oldham blamed the wearing of cloche hats for the failure of his business:
And the city coroner in Nottingham was convinced that they were the cause of a road accident resulting in a fatality.
When I was a teenager in the 1960s I persuaded my mum to make me a cloche hat from some black fabric with vibrant Mary Quant style pink and yellow flowers on it. It had a slightly frilled brim and I thought I looked sensational. Hmmmmm.