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Divine Darling Does 1930s - a Flapper Style Cloche for Party Time

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Posted 5 years ago


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This is a wonderful dark navy blue velour cloche that is very "flapper". Folds and a thin, separate velour bow on one side and a rounded cap on the rest. Covered all over the front with hand applied sequins each holding a seed pearl. There is a wide loose veil. This is quite a thick warm hat so it was designed for winter - maybe for holiday parties as it is not your typical everyday hat. It's probably the thickest velour I have seen used to make a hat. It's an early Henry Pollack from New York guessing by the imported French velour. Probably just before the war, as I am certain that France was not exporting very much post 1939. It is beautifully made - unlined (thank goodness as one would probably find this plenty warm enough without a lining if worn to an indoor event!) but with a matching grosgrain ribbon hat band inside. A simple but classy and clever design by Henry Pollack! Maybe this is better called a caplet or a topper, but personally I really think it emulates the cloche (too bad we can't ask the designer!) in many respects so I am going to list it under cloche and flapper hats.


  1. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
    I imagine this gorgeous woman wearing it w/her Dior dress just after 1946...ish. Small hats were used to balance the big skirts after WWII. Beautiful! But I could be wrong. Anyway very pretty!
  2. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    I hear what you are saying. But Henry Pollack did not use imported material at this time, and this velour was made in France. That is not to say that it could not be possible that it is late 40s. The sequins are very old style (maybe even 20s)- materials used to make them changed after the WWII - and the seed pearls are real. Maybe he had this stuff left over. There was also a wonderful silk veil on the original hat that was from the 1930s not 1940s - I replaced with the same size mesh but have a silk mix from the 1940s which might also be throwing you off. Just getting some 1930s silk veil in and will replace with the right stuff when it gets here. Thanks for the comment - I have thought alot about the age of this hat and where it fits in.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Four wonderful studies!
    Great angles!
    Hat! :)
  4. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the encouragement vetraio50 - we are having alot of fun with the photography but then Divine Darling is so beautiful it is hard to go wrong!!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    DD is a Living Treasure!

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