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The cartwheel (pancake, platter) hat has a flat, shallow crown and a wide, stiff brim. When seen above it resembles a wagon wheel.
In the late 1930s it was seen on resort beaches and was often featured on brides with an open crown. This type of hat was often used in the late 1940s and early 1950s as an accessory to Dior’s New Look, as it provided visual balance to the wide skirts.
In the 1950s cartwheels were used in the evening as cocktail hats and lavishly trimmed with feathers and flowers.
Written by LadyScarletts
See Also: Picture Hat, Platter Hat
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