Paris Roars: Latest Fashion Rage

Latest Paris Fashion Trend: Cats wear custom-made hats, Abbesses-Montmartre (Photo by T. Brack)

Latest Paris Fashion Trend: Cats wear custom-made hats, Abbesses-Montmartre (Photo by T. Brack)

This just in, from the streets of Paris.

Cats have ousted dogs in the affections of French women.

Whereas, in the past it was considered fashionable for your typical Parisienne to promenade the boulevards with a little dog sporting a neat, tight-fitting coat, today this same Parisienne is often out with her cat of priceless value.

But cats do not wear coats. They wear specifically-fitted and made hats.

Below the Sacré Coeur, up at Montmartre, there lives a hatter. In his shop window, he has an exhibition of the tiniest hats ever seen in France.

In the Abbesses-Montmartre, there's a mad hatter for all au courant kitties (Photo by T. Brack)

In the Abbesses-Montmartre, there’s a mad hatter for all au courant kitties (Photo by T. Brack)

At any hour of the day: Cars arrive outside the shop, and Madame, with pet cat under her arm, walks inside the shop and engages in an earnest conversation with the hatter.

She has come to have her pet fitted for a hat. She now prefers a bowler-shaped hat as a change to the former soft slouch headgear. Apparently her Angora has tired of its fedora.

She also wants to purchase a small top hat for her pet’s eveningwear. Sadly, the hatter’s recommendation of a soft velvet hat falls on deaf ears.

The hatter then says that bowler hats fit cats better than any other, and he has large orders on hand.

The Montmartre hatter says bowler-shaped hats fit the cats better than any other (Photo by T. Brack)

The Montmartre hatter says bowler hats fit the cats better than any other (Photo by T. Brack)

As reported by the Associated Press in 1920, flaunting a whopper of a title: “Pet Cats Latest Fashion in Paris.” I tumble flat for the au courant kitty catwalk news splash. Perhaps it’s a newly discovered retro rousing dream come true for kittens, tabbies, and tomcats worldwide? The power mouser can only scheme. Hear her roar: #ClowderGoals.

Poisson d’avril!

Say, if you find yourself in France on April Fool’s Day (1 Avril), do keep your eyes peeled for tricksters. The classic old prank is to attach a paper fish to the coattails of an unsuspecting victim.

Oh, Mother of Pearl! So watch your back.

As the cat in Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat” liked to say, “Have no fear! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me now! It is good to have fun but you have to know how!”

Theadora

Poisson d’avril! Oh, Mother of Pearl! Do watch your back! (Postcard: T. Brack's collection)

Poisson d’avril! Oh, Mother of Pearl! Do watch your back! (Postcard: T. Brack’s collection)

"It's good to have fun, but you have to know how!"—Cat, the one in the hat (Postcard: T. Brack's collection)

“It’s good to have fun, but you have to know how!”—Cat, the one in the hat, Dr Seuss (Postcard: T. Brack’s collection)

 

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18 thoughts on “Paris Roars: Latest Fashion Rage

  1. What fun! It is good to know what is “in” in Paris. When my kids were small they would put a necklace around the neck of our Siamese cat and tie a scarf on her head for a hat. They would have loved to have had a cat hat that fit. You always bring us wicked and lushious fun!

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  2. Poisson d’Avril, bien sûr. By the magic of “fuseaux horaires” you are already on April 1st, while we are still in March.
    (Do tell me this grotesque charade of the presidential campaigns is just a poisson d’avril?)
    Bon week-end Theadora.
    Brian

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  3. Unlike the dogs cats control their owners not vise versa. This is why hard to believe they can stay with the hats on their head for a long time. If only they’ve been drugged. Lol…
    Theadora, you have absolutely unique collection of pictures. It looks you are working hard to find and save all that lovely pictues.

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  4. Of course, I thought. Who but Miss T. would discover the so very very chic Parisian cat/ hat shop. Brilliant! At the tender age of eight I had dressed my cat with a baby bonnet, plopped him in my doll carriage and swanned proudly down the street. Then there was the Christmas I adorned my two Norwegian Forest cats with miniature antler ears. I continued reading. “Goodness. Am I the cat’s pajamas.It’s April Fools Day.”

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  5. In the US they have taken to baseball caps, as the visors shield their sensitive eyes from the glare of the sun, as most feline sunglasses are tacky, and ill fitting… 😉 Thanks for another wonderful romp around Paris!

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