So today is a day for a much needed lighthearted blog post!
This morning I along with millions of people worldwide tuned in to watch Prince William wed the beautiful Kate Middleton. The ceremony was quite a spectacle and dazzled the world. All this was expected of course. The fashion world waited on pins and needles to see the dress the sparkling bride would wear and it was beautiful as expected. As I sat on my couch in the wee hours of the morning I found myself in awe. I was not in awe of the dress, or the carriages or the magnificent church, and not of the fairy tale story come to life. A girl of “common” blood marrying a prince and riding her carriage off to live happily ever after is quite amazing in the 21st century, but as they have been dating awhile all these things were expected, rehearsed and planned.
I sat memorized by the magnificent hats worn by the guests. Never in my life have I seen such beautiful head gear. It took all I had not to pull out the craft box, sprinkle some glitter and lace on my old girl scout beanie and wear it to work! I can’t wait to go buy hats now! Here are some of the photos of these breath taking pieces that will likely take the fashion world by storm.Women began wearing headwear during the middle ages as a result of a church decree mandating that the hair be covered.
A milliner is the term used for a person who makes hats. Some only produce hats, but it is very common that they are the designer too. Historically a milliner made headwear for everyone no matter age or gender; however; in recent years, the clientele of a milliner is mostly female.
Hats were primarily used to cover the head for protection from the elements or for activities, but they were considered part of everyday necessary clothing not for fashion and were very plain.
At the turn of the 20th Century in 1900, hats became a symbol of status and etiquette books deemed it inappropriate to leave the house with one!
Over the last century, hats have slowly lost popularity, they have not even been worn much at weddings and religious services. They have not been worn by the masses since the 1920s.
The 1980s brought a brief resurgence of the hat as the beautiful Diana, Princess of Wales and fashion Icon used them to add a sense of sophistication to her persona in the early days of her marriage.
Hope learned a bit about hats and enjoy these hats as much as I do!
 Walford, Jonathan; Topper the Form, April 29, 2011, http://tnttrader.com/History_of_Womens_Hats.htm
 Damewood, Cassie; What is a Milliner, April 29, 2011, http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-milliner.htm
 Thomas, Pauline Weston; The Wearing of Hats Fashion History General Information, April 29, 2011, http://www.fashion-era.com/hats-hair/hats_hair_1_wearing_hats_fashion_history.htm