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Dress label

Dress label

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1900-1927 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine embroidered silk thread on silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

From the 1870s until the 1930s the label of Caroline Reboux (1837-1927) dominated Parisian millinery fashions. Caroline Reboux began her career as a penniless but talented young milliner. Her work was discovered and promoted by the fashionable Princess Metternich and in turn attracted the custom of the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. In later years the House of Reboux was run by the milliner Lucienne Rebate.

Reboux was known for her clean, simple style using fabrics such as satin, velvet and felt which were draped or cut with a minimum of added or fussy details. Feathers were a favourite embellishment. In the 1920s Reboux was highly regarded for her cloche style hats, which were often cut and formed on the client's head.

This woven label is cut in a circular shape in order to be inserted inside the crown of a hat, where it would form part of the lining. This was a practical method of labelling hats which ensured the labels would not catch or snag the wearer's hair.

Physical description

A dress label for the milliner Caroline Reboux of gold coloured thread on white silk

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1900-1927 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Machine embroidered silk thread on silk

Marks and inscriptions

Caroline Reboux / 23, Rue de la Paix / Paris
label; French


Length: 14.4 cm


Silk thread; Silk


Machine embroidery


Textiles; Fashion; Hats & headwear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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