Friday, February 7, 2014

Fascinator Hats

 What is a fascinator Hat?  

A fascinator is a head piece, or style of millinery, commonly made with feathers, flowers, jewels or beads that attaches to the hair by a comb, headband or clip. The word originally referred to a head covering similar to a shawl made from wool or lace. The term had become virtually obsolete by the 1970s.   In the early part of the 21st century, “fascinators” started to make a comeback but the meaning had slightly changed.  The new definition refers to a head decoration that often accompanies mainly formal or party attire but is frequently seen these days paired with casual-wear as well.  A fascinator may be worn instead of a hat to occasions where hats were once traditionally worn, such as weddings; brides increasingly choose to wear them as an alternative to a conventional bridal veil, particularly if their gowns or outfits are less fussy or non-traditional.  As  an evening accessory it is sometimes referred to as a “cocktail hat”, even when it doesn’t fit the standard definition of a “hat”. Stylish and fun, a fascinator can be worn on the front, side or, to showcase an updo or chignon, the back of the head.

I had an opportunity to take Judi Bradford's class at The Studios of Key West yesterday and had a great fun making my own fascinator hat.  

My hat, I absolutely love the colors. 

The following is my friend, Michelle's, hat.   

 I'm so sorry I don't know this woman's name, but what a hat she created.  

Watch out Key West, Michelle and I will be dining out soon in our new finery!!!!