Take yer pick
Posted by Jessamyn on November 03, 1997 at 23:57:35:
In response to That hat again....., written by Caroline on November 02, 1997 at 16:50:10
] ] On the P&P board people suggested that it was an "incroyable", but there are different opinions. It has been mentioned on this board too:
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] We've had another conversation about this too, but I cannot find it, even with the search engine. Elaine, I favour "Chapeau bras" or "Opera hat", but we really haven't got this topic thrashed out thoroughly.Sorry.
I suspect the problem with this topic is that there were a whole bunch of names that all meant slightly different styles, but those nice distinctions are rather lost on us now. I get a catalog called Enhancements that sells a lot of reproduction hats (among other things), and they stock a very simple "bicorn." But, they say, "Other versions of bicorns are available: Navy, Napoleonic, Incroyable, Fore & Aft, Half Moon, etc. Send picture of desired style."
Compare this with all the different types of felt hat worn in the 1930s through '50s: fedora, trilby, homberg, porkpie, etc.
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