Hats and Royal Wedding

Britain’s love of hats from the royal family to the populace has lasted for centuries, a tradition that will be revealed at Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s April 29 wedding.

Many gamblers are betting on Queen Elizabeth II’s hat color, the designer of the queen’s honeymoon hat.

Hicks, the hat designer who made hats for the Queen, her mother and Princess Diana, told the Associated Press: “We are British-the hat represents us.” Choosing the right hat is important for the person who wears it, but it is also important for the designer. “

Many accounts explain why Britain has become a country full of crazy hats compared to other European countries. The Crazy Hatter is a character in the movie “sleepwalking in Wonderland,” based on a number of hat designers who have suffered from nerve damage as they inhale mercury for the treatment of animal fur.

Britain’s poor climate could cause this national obsession with hats, but experts say the royal family is causing the storm to continue.

Victoria and Albert Museum 2009 hat exhibition director Carlin said: “the hat has long been symbolic status.” Until the 1950s, unless a woman wore a hat and gloves, she was even considered inappropriately dressed. “the hat show went on display in Australia and will be shown in the United States in September.

Carlin says the tumult of the 1960s and the variety of hairstyles-and the limited space available for modern cars-have led to a gradual decline in global hat sales.

Many blame the accelerated destruction of the hat on John F. Kennedy, the first unhat-wearing American president. However. In Britain, the tradition of wearing a hat remains firm.

Royalty hats have long appeared in paintings or photographs-Queen Elizabeth’s mother has a crush on hats made by wavy feathers, and her daughter has grown to wear a similar style. The prime minister and MPs also wore hats and tuxedos and appeared at Oxford or Cambridge.

When the couple announced their engagement last November, some women began placing orders, the designers said. Designers recommend customizing traditional hats, focusing on their own costumes, regardless of the price and not stealing the bride or royal family.

Some designers, like Tracy’s, may be selling for more than 600 pounds or $1,000. Tracy made two hats when Duchess Conwar married Prince Charles in 2005, and Sarah Jessica Pike’s multiple hats in Lust City, also designed by Trish.

Why Do Americans Like Hats So Much?

As the sporting summer gets under way – from England’s Royal Ascot to polo in the Hamptons – a growing number of international customers, particularly from the US, are approaching British hatters.“Americans are especially interested in hats since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011, and since seeing the younger royals wear hats so frequently,” says Gina Foster, a London-based milliner who designed the red pillbox hat worn by the duchess during their recent state visit to New Zealand. “I don’t think hats ever went out of fashion, but the audience is much broader now.”

Foster, 38, who studied under Philip Treacy, has been making hats for 12 years. Her international clients come from the US, Mexico, Brazil and Australia. She has also designed a collection of five hats for the 2014 racing season that were inspired by the interior of London’s Goring Hotel. “Hats are part of English dress and culture, but we have an international audience that is seduced by glamour – and there is nothing more glamorous than a hat,” says Foster’s mentor Philip Treacy, whose numerous customers have included the late style-setter Isabella Blow, Lady Gaga and Madonna. (He also designed the much mocked hat worn by Princess Beatrice at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding; her sister Eugenie sported a less controversial Treacy design.)


“When I started at the Royal College of Art, they thought hats were for old ladies, but I thought that was completely insane,” says Treacy. Now he points to a worldwide audience that is “open to seeing hats in a new way”.

Kelly Christy is an American milliner whose work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and has designed for Diane von Furstenberg and Cynthia Rowley. Christy says hats – both classic, such as the fedora, as well as more whimsical headpieces – are back as a chic and affordable accessory after the recent downturn. “Now everyone wears them – actors, musicians, models; they complete a fashion look and are more mainstream than ever.”

Ellen Goldstein, a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, would agree: “Hats are a way of easing into a fashion statement.” She notes that more Americans are wearing hats to the races and to weddings, as well as in everyday wear, with men in particular routinely wearing baseball caps and short-brimmed fedoras.

Gabriela Ligenza, another London-based hat designer (see “Boffin tops” below), says Britain’s image as a hat-wearing nation had remained strong, thanks to the influence of figures such as Isabella Blow. “British milliners are slightly quirkier and more daring, but without becoming ridiculous,” she notes.The message, reinforced by such style icons and prolific hat-wearers as Daphne Guinness, Anna Dello Russo and Paloma Faith, who has worn Ligenza’s hats, is that “your outfit really isn’t quite finished without a hat”.What’s more, as Ligenza points out, fascinators are no longer allowed in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot, which has stimulated demand for contemporary designs.

Piers Atkinson, also based in London designs fun, arty hats in the shape of cream slices and cherries for customers in Melbourne, Dubai and Britain. He believes there has never been a better time for talented young designers, and points to the British Fashion Council’s “Headonism” showcase, an initiative to promote young milliners that runs during London Fashion Week in September.Also showing at Headonism will be Awon Golding, who grew up in England, Hong Kong and India. This year her designs include eye-catching pieces for Ascot such as one in the shape of an ice-cream cone, complete with scoops of soft ostrich feather pom-poms.