Friday, June 4, 2010

The Bergere Hat

In the mid-eighteenth century in both France and England the simple, flat style known as the bergere (French for "shepherdess) came into popularity. It seems to have started as a low-crowned, wide-brimmed straw hat, and the brim could be turned up at the front, back, or sides, or
trimmed with fabric, ribbons, and flowers.
1750s Boucher paints Mme Bergeret

Gainsborough 1777-79Vigee le Brun 1782


  1. Not sure I'd look good in a Bergere hat. When my hair was long (and it was very long), I could have put a good-sized ship in it! Not sure that's my best look either. I love my vision of the 18th century; the reality might have been another matter entirely!

  2. I have one and I love it, and another one is in the works. I have a long face so anything that brings some width to my head is good.

  3. I'm working on one now, but I'm frustrated at not being able to find a feather of sufficient size for it! I'll have to keep searching!

  4. Caroline,

    Have you tried Lamplight Feather? I've purchased many an extremely large feather from them over the years, in a variety of colors.


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