Philip Treacy Declares Fascinators Are Over: 'They Are No More Than Headbands With A Feather Stuck On'

22 April 2013 by

First Ascot gave them the official thumbs down last year in their official dress code guidelines (anything with a base of less than 4 inches in diameter is not acceptable as a hat, appaz) and now the king of British and Irish millinery, Philip Treacy has put the final nail firmly in the coffin for wedding and race-goers favourite accessory, fascinators.  

The hat-making maestro told The Times, 'The fascinator is dead and I’m delighted… The word fascinator sounds like a dodgy sex toy and what’s so fascinating about a fascinator?' Strong words from Treacy, the man who has made hats for some of the world’s biggest stars and most important royals, from Lady Gaga to The Duchess of Cambridge.

Treacy went on to describe what it is he hates about fascinators, mostly that they’ve become so mass-produced and cheap that they no longer bear an relation to actual millinery, and that traditional well-made hats are happily making a comeback. 'Mass production means that they became so cheap to produce that now they are no more than headbands with a feather stuck on with a glue gun. We’re seeing a return to proper hats.'

Fascinators certainly filled a gap in the market – the larger of head among us no longer had to squeeze our oversized crowns into ill-fitting felt, and then there are those thousands of women who just don’t look good in a hat, what are they to do now? Presumably go hatless or spend that little more, and invest in some seriously stylish hats that suit your face? That sounds just about do-able to us! See Stephen Jones' tips on choosing the perfect hat here and to pay tribute to the now-dead fascinators, check out some of the finest in the gallery below...


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