The Royal Fascinators

William & Kate’s Royal Wedding has, I think, made fascinators back in demand in Jakarta, which is definitely good for business πŸ™‚ Well, I never made the headpieces collection as my permanent work, but I have to say creating and handcrafting headpieces can be real soothing and therapeutic sometimes :p

Well anyway, I got an order to create a one-off piece that will be used for a wedding with a theme of ‘Royal Wedding’ So I’ll start posting my favourite pieces from the current and vintage fascinators of the Royal events πŸ™‚

BTW, here is a great post on the Kate & William’s Royal Wedding’s fascinators

A brief history from Oh La La Plume’s historical notes on the history of fascinators is that it was worn mostly by the men of English Caveliers and French Musketeers back in 16th-17th century with feathers combined with jewels and precious stones. In the 17th century was the time when Marie Antoinette and the Duchess Georgiana Spencer of Devonshire brought fascinators into the likes of most society women with ostrich feathers on their wigs. During the Edwardian era of the early 1900s, fascinators have gone in high fashion where the ladies “…demanded the whole bird, stuffed and mounted! Feathers, artificial flowers, waxed satin ribbons and tulle were also used.” Unfortunately, the World Wars have taken down the interest of fascinators until now when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, started wearing her beautiful fascinators in many Royal engagements and made eyes turned on her immediately.

Early 17th century, taken from “The Three Musketeers” movie in 1973

Beautiful bonnet and luv the centre piece on top of the forehead

Marie Antoinette

Luv the combination of pearl, ostrich plume, ribbons, and brooch as a (off-)centre piece

L.U.V the movie’s costumes…I swear I can’t stop looking at the dresses, the fascinators, the colours, the set, the accessories…everything!

Princess Louise Maria Teresa Stuart in the late 17th Century with her flowers fascinators

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

Extravagant ostrich plumes and my eyes are on the pearl strands draping on the hair-do

The Royal Wedding’s fascinators made by Phillip Treacy and worn by the Duchess of Cornwall that made fascinators back into life in 2005

Interesting shape…I like…

Princess Eugenie’s white feather hat made by Phillip Treacy that resembles the Duchess of Cornwall’s

Kate Middleton’s Wedding Tiara…luv the details and its elegant shapes

Up close & personal with the tiara…wish I could come to the Royal Wedding Exhibition in London which kicked off in July 2011 😦

Lady Amelia, Lady Eliza and Lady Kitty at the William & Kate’s Royal Wedding Ceremony

Luv the subtlety of the colours and yet still striking

A fascinator hat that is made to represent Canada with its maple leaves as a decoration

Luv with the fact that a fascinator can be used to represent a meaning, very thoughtful

Luv the colour matching of the fascinator & the outfit. Additionally, it’s a great colour combination in the fascinator piece

I can keep on posting images of the royal fascinators without an end. It’s no doubt that fascinators guarantee to make people fascinate your outfit and make you look more stand out as ever πŸ˜‰ Let’s just hope this piece will go classic…


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