Easter brings to mind the fabulous Judy Garland film, Easter Parade.
For fashionistas this film is perhaps most memorable for its glorious display of egg-stravagant hats, causing us to drift away from grey April showers into a daydream of delightful anticipation for the display that will be on show at Royal Ascot in June this year.
Bearing in mind that a showstopping hat for Royal Ascot takes time to design and make, this Easter film is a ‘hats up’: time to find a milliner and book your bespoke hat asap!
To help you find milliners who know how to razzle and dazzle ‘em at Ascot, we’ve created our own ‘Easter Parade’ below – hats that are ready to wear, can be customised to match your outfit, or are simply sensational examples to give you ideas for commissioning your own bespoke headwear.
How to #RockItForRacing:
- Remember to check the Dress Codes for the enclosure you will be attending (particularly for head pieces, that need a 10cm base or wider for the Royal Enclosure).
- Check out the Royal Ascot Style Guide 2019
- For a round up of the Spring/Summer 19 headwear trends and more marvellous milliners – click here
- For yet more milliners and sensational designs see our Great Hat Exhibition – World Garden article (and visit the show during April)
Let the Easter Parade begin!
LISA JAYNE MILLINERY
Whether you are searching for simple and stylish or bold and outrageous, Lisa Jayne can conjure up a creation to match your outfit perfectly. Her passion lies with bespoke design so you can rest assured your hat will be unique.
Hats are also available to purchase from the collections and some hats are available to hire. Prices for hire range from £100–£300.
Pictured is her ‘Showjumping’ hat worn by Samantha Gibbins; photograph by Owen Harvey, www.owenharvey.com.
RACHEL TREVOR MORGAN
While most of the hats from Rachel Trevor Morgan are bespoke, there are occasionally styles available off-the-peg and they offer a dyeing service to customise your hat and ensure it will complement your outfit. Price range £400–£2,500.
Renowned for elegant and timeless designs, in 2014 Rachel was granted The Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen. Since 2006, HM The Queen has worn Rachel’s hats on many occasions including at Royal Ascot.
Pictured is ‘Coral hand made petal under brim with bow’.
The Aurelia Hat (£420) is part of the Amorphia collection and is made from visca straw overlaid with PVC plastic. The transparent yet reflective plastic creates an effect of lightness and movement.
Elena Shvab is a young up and coming British brand for couture hats and headwear, hand crafting bold shapes that incorporate contemporary materials and classic millinery techniques. While dramatic, the hats are also wearable and comfortable.
JESS COLLETT MILLINER
‘Hulaniki’ (£980) is a twisted brim reed blossom burst filled with silk flowers that sits on the left. Made to order and ready to ship in 7–10 business days.
Having worked for over 25 years as a couture milliner for the fashion elite, Jess Collett is highly experienced with Royal Ascot creations.
STEPHEN JONES MILLINERY
Bois de Violette is a light and elegant shaded crin violet hat with pearls and veiling, inspired by Serge Lutens’ fragrance. Part of the SS19 collection, titled Parfum, inspired and named after Stephen’s favourite fragrances he has worn throughout the years.
Since Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene in the late ‘70s he has remained at the forefront of fashion. From racing festivals to royal garden parties, Stephen Jones’s millinery is distinctive and perfect for those who like to stand out from the crowd.
Photographer: Peter Ashworth.
High and Mighty
BEVERLEY EDMONDSON MILLINERY
The ‘Jinsin Saucer’ is part of the Spring/Summer 2019 collection – which was completed in September 2018 because Beverley plans well ahead for the summer season, including Royal Ascot!
Having trained with some of the world’s best milliners, Beverley has made hats for film, television and a certain royal wedding. Established for over 10 years, you can order online or visit the Farnham High Street boutique which contains over 300 pieces of millinery.
Photography: Emma-Jane Lewis https://www.emma-janephotography.co.uk/
Sophia (£170) is a red and black sculptural headpiece with veiling, created from an array of red pinokpok three dimensional shapes, feathers and curled spines. The base of the headpiece is designed to flatter the face and the veiling adds drama.
Isabella Josie is an independent milliner who has created bespoke hats and headpieces for racing festivals including Ascot and Goodwood, as well as vintage inspired headwear for the Goodwood Revival and elegant hats for royal garden parties.
MAGGIE MOWBRAY MILLINERY
‘Margot’ (£360) is made from fine parisisal straw with a crinoline twist detail.
This sophisticated percher design has a dramatic sense of movement along with added height. The shape and angle of the design is flattering on most face shapes and can be made in other colours on request.
Maggie Mowbray is an award-winning niche brand focusing on high quality products and exclusive designs that complement and flatter all face shapes and body types.
All designs are formed by Maggie, by hand, then stitched and finished in her Edinburgh studio.
Wide and Wonderful
‘Miss Flamingo’ (£1,270) is a flamboyant feathered fantasy by Giulia Mio.
The Leicester-based Italian couture milliner trained as a costume designer and milliner for haute couture and theatre, although new techniques and innovative materials often feature in her work as well.
Making bespoke hats and headpieces designed to flatter the face and proportioned to the person and their outfit, her work is eye-catching and beautifully crafted.
The ‘Vanda Coolie’ is part of William Chambers’ Spring/Summer19 collection, ‘The Victorian Explorer’, inspired by the colourful paintings and adventurous spirit of Victorian biologist, explorer and artist Marianne North.
All pieces in the SS19 collection can be ordered in alternative colourways and prices start at £195.
One of Britain’s leading milliners, William Chambers’ hats are frequently worn by celebrities and featured in top fashion magazines. He has been part of the ‘Headonism’ collective and a member of the Ascot Style Collective, so you will be in very experienced hands when it comes to your Royal Ascot showpiece.
Photography: Niall Walker
Feminine lines, fabulous silhouettes and hats that are beautiful from all angles are at the heart of Edwina Ibbotson’s couture designs.
Each step of a design is hand crafted: she makes her own blocks, dyes her own fabrics and feathers, creates delicate flowers, petal by petal, and bead by bead – as shown here in Petula’s Petals (photograph by Ruan van der Sande).
With over 20 years of experience, this marvellous milliner will create a hat that complements your outfit – and your character – whether classic, elegant or extravagant!
Medium and Marvellous
London-based Australian milliner Lisa Tan was selected for the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective in 2017 so you can rest assured her elegant, sculptural designs comply with the occasion’s dress codes.
Her signature style contrasts more flamboyant millinery, fusing classic styling with a modern edge, to produce distinctive silhouettes with a less-is-more aesthetic – showcased here by the ‘Charlotte’ hat (£380).With a background in luxury fashion and a passion for horseracing, racewear millinery is Lisa’s specialty and her unique knowledge of racewear styling is sought-after in the UK and Australia, by clients and media alike.
The ‘Butterfly’ (£295, ready for immediate dispatch) is a colourful and dynamic fascinator featuring arrays of pink, orange, and yellow, decorated with clouds of feather butterflies. Created as part of her ‘High Society’ collection, inspired by imperial Russia and the film about Anna Karenina.
Though Anna is relatively new to the millinery world, the ‘Butterfly’ has been featured in Vogue and her work has also been showcased at the Great Hat Exhibition.
This hat is available through Anna’s Frog And Crown17 shop on Etsy.
ROSE COLLINS MILLINERY
This eye-catching ‘Polkadot Sinamay Hat with Large Yellow Flower Detail’ (£305) is trimmed in yellow dupion silk with a large dupion flower.
Made by Rose Collins and sold through her shop on Etsy; Rose is somewhat of a specialist in wide brimmed sinamay hats – this hat is small by comparison with some! – but she’s also a dab hand at medium and small hats, all bursting with colour and creativity.
Beautifully voluminous, Rhubarb & Custard (£165) is made with hand dyed peach and yellow bubble crin loops and discs, stitched to create the illusion of a brim fitting close around the head. Two silk roses with peach, yellow and pink tones adorn the side with two corkscrew ivory quills.
Sally Sharper’s passions lie in experiments with colours and fabrics, teaming them with unusual oddments and creating unique designs. Her hats and headpieces are frequently seen at the races, scooping prizes for Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat, and being photographed by the press.
For head turning hats and headpieces Sally simply says ‘anything goes!’.
Small and Super Stylish
‘Petra’ (£295) is a stunning percher style hat, with an eye-catching colour and joyful burst of feathers and veiling. Other colour options are available.
Leigh Johnson’s creations have become renowned for show stopping couture at affordable prices. Unique, elegant and wearable, each of her collections is on trend and her Laylaleigh Millinery has won awards around the world.
AWON GOLDING MILLINERY
‘Blythe’ (£715) features coloured crinoline in a coral ombre colour, set off with a champagne coloured marabou pom pom hat pin. Part of the Awon Golding Millinery SS19 collection, ‘Fluff’: fun wearable hats celebrating the whimsical side of millinery; this piece can be made in different colours. Handmade-to-order, allow 3–4 weeks for delivery.
Awon Golding is an award-winning milliner who has worked and travelled in far flung countries before settling in London. With her fun yet feminine designs that utilise traditional techniques and modern materials, Awon has previously showcased in ‘Headonism’, and this autumn she will appear in the new BBC2 show, Handmade in Britain.
RACHEL BLACK MILLINERY
‘Dew Drop’ (£365) is a pale pink 18cm straw beret detailed with vintage paper hydrangea flowers and veiling all finished off with a matching quill and pearl ‘dew’ drops. Handmade to order in 3–4 weeks.
Celebrities and Royalty are amongst the clients who are drawn to Rachel’s elegant and stylish hats that combine drama with fun. Drawing on her training in theatrical costume construction, Rachel designs ready to wear collections as well as offering a bespoke service.
Fiddler On The Roof (£895) is part of the Spring/Summer 19 collection and made in the award winning Vivien Sheriff studio, which specialises in luxuriously crafted design. Accepting bespoke commissions, this high-end milliner has clients who include prominent members of the British Royal Family.
Though finished pieces appear effortlessly stylish, it takes weeks to produce each handmade design, using expert skills and top quality materials such as sculpted feathers, delicate Swarovski crystalling, and hand-dyed antique lace.
Photograph: Vivien Sheriff.
CHLOE HAYWOOD LONDON
‘Nebula’ in Patinated Gold (£185) is made from upcycled straw, wire and patinated gold leaf. Shaped to draw the eye up and round, catching the gold balls of kinetic energy, it is lined with leopard print Newlife fabric (made from 100% recycled plastic bottles).
Chloë Haywood has always had an interest in fashion, and won Young Clothes Show Designer of the Year when she was just 16. She has shown her hats and headpieces at Milan and London Fashion Weeks and sold out at Fenwick, Bond Street.
With a passion for using reclaimed and ethical materials, she originally established her millinery as ‘Hatastic’ then rebranded to ‘Chloë Haywood London’ in 2016. For unusual, striking and ethical creations this lively milliner is hard to beat!