fascinating fascinators!

Here at The Thrifty Stitcher we are a little bit in love with fascinators. But what is a fascinator?

With the royal wedding looming, many of us think of Kate Middleton when we hear about fascinators, as she has often been spotted wearing them.

fascinating fascinators!

In actual fact the fascinator has been around since the 18th century, and was an indicator of an individuals wealth and status. Hats used to be worn primarily for warmth, and protection. the fascinator developed as way of decorating the head or hair purely for asthetic reasons, and were never worn to keep warm! Think Elton John and his fabulous ship wig, and that’s the sort of confection worn in the 18th century.

fascinating fascinators!

With the rising interest in all things vintage, fascinators have had a massive resurgance over the last few years. Unlike hats, which need to fit your head perfectly, fascinators are one size and much easier to wear. Often fascinators are made with less materials than hats, and so are a more cost effective option for formal occasions like weddings.

fascinating fascinators!

Modern day fascinators can be anything from an elaborate sex and the city style head-piece to a simple flower behind the ear. The popularisation of burlesque has launched the sexy into mainstream culture.

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As a Costumier I’m constantly looking for new inspiration and materials. As  a Thrifty Stitcher, I like to think outside the box, and use non traditional materials and techniques.

3 Comments

  • Daniela

    22.05.2012 at 04:40

    I really like the first fsiaanctor and the scrunch headband below. The headbands would be perfect for the bridesmaids and the fsiaanctor for the bride. I’m helping my cousin plan all the outfits for her wedding but I’ve got my work cut out because allot of our friends are in and they’re a pretty tough crowd to please.

  • Abhishek

    19.05.2012 at 15:40

    I love the first one kate is wearing. I’d wear one, but American’s don’t seem to know how to so the hats like the British, so save a wedding, church, and a Derby party, I have no idea where I’d wear it to.

  • Blog decor

    13.03.2012 at 20:59

    Have any other tips and images? i ‘m still looking arounds , chers :D