Why do we still love berets?

Retro, French chic, classic. These just some of all associations that come to mind when you hear ‘beret’. It was not always synonymous with style, yet since the beginning of the 20th century, actresses like Arletta, Lauren Bacall or Singer Edith Piaf, have changed the way we think of a beret. Its position was strengthened by Nouvelle Vague films and silver screen stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve. Now, the trend has come back and it is here to stay for more than just a season. So why do we still love berets?

A symbol of protest

An attribute of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, worn by the members of radical Black Panther Party. A few decades ago, a beret was a symbol of fight for one’s ideas and values. Today we can spot its revival at the catwalks where designers such as Dior turn an accessory into a feminist emblem.

A symbol of a Parisian

Vital element of an idyllic vision of a true Parisian. Its source can be traced back to the films of the New Wave. They have created an idea of a modern woman with a love for fashion. Anna Karina wearing a simple, black beret is still our icon.

A symbol of independence

Once a film motif, it has infiltrated culture. The roles of Faye Dunaway in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ or Romy Schneider in ‘Innocents with Dirty Hands’ portrayed women both, dangerous and intelligent. A beret has become synonym for an emancipated femininity that was translated into bold, original fashion styling, mixing the feminine with the masculine.

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