Onlookers won’t just be fascinated by the pageantry of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but the headgear — or fascinators — that will be in attendance.
Here the London milliner Philip Treacy defines the term:
A fascinator is ‘a small adornment for the head, attached to a comb, wire or clip, that perches on the head. No brim, no crown.’
No crown at a royal wedding?! In fact, a fascinator, in some ways, can be more elaborate than a crown, topped with feathers, lace, or whatever it is that Princess Beatrice wore on her head for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2011 (shown above). That one sold for $131,560 on eBay Inc. EBAY, -0.21%after the event, with the proceeds donated to charity.
Vanity Fair’s Laura Jacobs traces the “fascinator” back to the 1960s, when it got its name, and even further back if you look at the headdresses of past queens, the “doll hat” of the 1930s, the Victorian-era afternoon hat, or the ordinary women throughout all of time who just like to add a little extra pop to an outfit.