My first run in with a Fascinator was during the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. The majority of women at the royal event wore one and the fashionistas were all a buzz about them! As I watched all the celebs at Meghan Markles and Prince Harry’s wedding today, I wondered where did this bizarre little hat have its origins?
Fascinator’s first came on the scene during the Renaissance era but it didn’t become a fashion staple until Queen Marie Antoinette used ostrich feathers to decorate her headwear. Due to the high cost of the feathers it was affordable only to the aristocrats and the upper class therefore something only royalty used. During the 19th century the fascinator evolved into a light weight cloth often referred to as a cloud. It was basically a scarf worn on the head and tied under the chin.
It wasn’t until the late 20th century and early 21st century that the fascinator as we know them today emerged. A fascinator, as described by Irish hat designer Philip Treacy, is a small adornment for the head attached to a comb, wire or clip. We all remember Princess Beatrice’s over the top fascinator worn at William and Kates wedding. This famous fascinator was designed by Philip Treacy and not only did it get its own facebook page, it was auctioned off on ebay for approximately $131,000!
Posh hats and fascinators have a long history in British culture and have long been used to signify power or social status. In todays world they have taken on a fashion role and can sometimes be a bit whimsical. At todays royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the tradition continued in full display; Here are a few of my favorites worn by some celebrities during this fairytale wedding:
I absolutely loved all the beautiful dresses and colors that were worn during today’s history making wedding. Did you have a favorite look? Favorite fascinator? Do tell in the comments section below.
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