It must have been wonderful to be a milliner in the time of Caroline Reboux; she lived from 1837 to 1927, what great span of fashion and hats! She set up her millinery shop in 1865, in Paris of course, and was soon working with other couturiers like Charles Worth! Her early clients included royalty like Empress Eugenie and later film stars like Marlene Dietrich. Presiding over quite the golden age of hats, she is even credited with inventing the cloche style of the late 19 teens and 1920's!
She became the queen of millinery, employing 150 people at one point. The next generation of couture milliners like Lily Dache and the ladies of Rose Valois all trained and works with Reboux. Though the legend herself died in 1927, the label was so successful and the quality so trusted that the Caroline Reboux label carried on into the mid forties. Top Reboux designer Lucienne Rabaté took over the label after Reboux's death, but continued to create fanciful and exceptional quality hats until the label finally closed in 1956. Though the Musée de la Mode et du Textile in Paris preserves more than 300 Reboux creations, non of their collection is online. Elsewhere it can be hard to track down Reboux hats, but I have collected a few for us to look at today!
I can't seem to find many early Reboux creations, but this lovely example from 1908 is quite whimsical for the time! It looks like the straw is liquid or something, being blown back by the wind.
I hope you guys enjoyed learning a little bit about Caroline Reboux today! I'm off to finish a new hat I have been working on this week, one can never have too many hats!