Royal Ascot and Fenwick have collaborated with eight UK milliners to produce The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective which is available exclusively at Fenwick of Bond Street (Royal Ascot’s Official Millinery Sponsor).
The Royal Ascot Millinery Collective features exclusive pieces from each of the milliners representing their signature styles.
“My design gives florals a bold graphic treatment melding modern techniques with traditional artistry. Each flower is handmade from heat-soldered crinoline to create delicate spring blooms for the 21st century, perfect for the modern woman.
“Royal Ascot embodies the tradition, glamour and history of the relationship between racing and millinery. It’s hugely important to us milliners as it’s a chance to showcase innovation and skill on a preeminent platform while the world’s eyes are on us.”
“In the prettiest, iced-lilac hue, the piece includes hand-made blooms with just enough sparkle to cascade across an asymmetric lilac base and branch across the hat in a shimmering spray. Intensely feminine, strikingly unique, this piece makes the ultimate raceday statement.
“For me, Royal Ascot is the epitome of the British Summer. It’s the chance to enjoy the spectacular summer weather (hopefully!) in such an elegant way – stunning fashion and millinery, the very best champagne, our royal family, world-class horse racing and tradition!”
“I wanted to design a piece that carries all the wild elegance that Royal Ascot inspires. I imagined walking through a fantasy garden and when out the other side I found myself wearing a hat that captured the way that garden made me feel, other worldly.
“Royal Ascot is so quintessentially British. I love that racegoers are really encouraged to make an effort to be stylish. As a milliner, there is no better place to enjoy the visual feast of headwear on display.”
“This exuberant hat celebrates the high point of the Millinery year, with delicate straw and dramatic ostrich and tulle spines. I believe that a hat for Royal Ascot has to be glorious and extravagant. It’s the one week of the year that you can truly shine and express yourself through what you’re wearing.”
“This hat is a bright celebration of Royal Ascot. The playful structure of the hat coupled with the sculptural movement of the arrow feathers represent the beauty and elegance of the event.
“Royal Ascot is unique amongst race meetings in the world and it is also a moment when any woman from any social demographic can feel the thrill of what’s like to wear a hat.”
“My design is a soft floral headpiece reminiscent of English summer gardens with a quintessential British elegance. This hat oozes femininity. It is a statement piece with an elegant silhouette made in dusky pinks and smoky tones offset with sharp fanned feathers.
“I cannot overstate how important Royal Ascot is to the milliners. It’s so exciting to see so many women really going to town on their outfits and especially their hats. It’s such a special occasion attending Royal Ascot and a great excuse to really make a statement.”
“The Frank Gehry Wave hat is a tribute to a great architect whom I admire for his vision and sensitivity to materials and forms. The hat is designed to take the wearer to explore the positive and negative spaces which I am always fascinated with, similar to an experience of walking into a great architectural space.
“The dome shaped brim with its sharp and minimal lines creates breathing space and sense of shelter around the face. The hat is decorated with layers of see-through fine silk organza and Japanese hand-dyed cotton fabric in shades of black and white, which create movement and shadows while the wearer walks to make a statement.”
“Ascot is a very special place; I get a magical feeling every time I step through the big iron gates during Royal Ascot week.
“My hat for the millinery collective was inspired by the timeless elegance of the Royal Enclosure in a luxurious French Navy Blue which I predict will be the colour of the season.”
Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.
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