What is a fascinator?

So, what is a fascinator?  Funnily enough, up until 12 months ago, I’d never heard of them either! 

A fascinator is a hair accessory, commonly worn by women, on the head or in the hair.  It can be anything from a small piece, to an elaborate creation, but is generally smaller than a hat.

Materials used include:

 – feathers – a common & favourite feature;

– sinamay – a woven texture that can be purchased flat or in rolls, originally made from the abaca tree (kind of looks like a banana tree), but also man-made;

-various fabrics – another favourite is netting;

-& flowers – silk or synthetic.

How did I come to be interested in them?

On a dare!!!!

I belong to the tribe of short-haired women, and tend to be one who is not so interested in the frou-frou that the ladies of the long-hair tribe enjoy.

I was having my weekly visit with a friend who owns the boutique – “No Rules” – in Lismore, and somehow the discussion came around to horse racing & the Lismore Cup.

I’d never even been to the races before, and didn’t have a clue about these fascinator-thingee’s.  So I set about educating myself.

They are good fun to make.  The sinamay can be sculpted into so many different shapes, and the assortment of feathers & flowers available is just amazing.  Talk about kid in a candy store.

This is one of my favourites….

I call it Extravagant.  Hand-stitched and sculpted sinamay with red rooster copque feathers.


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0 Responses to What is a fascinator?

  1. Tess April 14, 2008 at 5:05 PM #

    Thank you for this explanation!! I am attending my nephew’s wedding in England this May and was told by my sister that everyone will be wearing either hats or fascinators. We do not wear either of these here in Los Angeles (with the exception of perhaps Paris Hilton) and I was at a loss.

  2. foryoudesigns April 14, 2008 at 6:38 PM #

    You are most welcome Tess.
    I get the impression that fascinators (or hats) are a major accessory for English events – think Andy Dowall in “Four Weddings and a Funeral”!!
    I hope you have a wonderful time at your nephew’s wedding.

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