• Not all artists wear berets. This is a stereotype. It originated with the artists of Montmatre and the Left Bank of the 19th century, the traditional starving artists' areas of Paris. In these left-wing,avant-garde areas, also known as "bohemian", berets were often worn (only the wealthy wore hats).
  • The Cyprus College of Art asks its graduating students to wear berets, instead of the usual academic mortar boards, at its graduation ceremony. Apparently it stared at the college as a bit of a joke, with the students dressing as left-bank artists at the graduation party, but now its become the official college dress.

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