1950s Inspired Fascinators & Hats

Due to a technical problem from our website hosts, I’m afraid all the beautiful male icons of the 1950s that I posted about last Friday have disappeared, and also my mum’s post today. I suppose this is the perils of having a website. As consolation here is an earlier popular post on 1950s inspired fascinators and hats. We’ll be back tomorrow with our regular Tuesday Treasures promise!

A mid-1950s photograph by Willy Maywald – via V&A

Perfect for a fifties inspired mother of the bride, hats and fascinators are a must for a wedding. The 1950s brought with it the pillbox, berets and fascinators incorporating netting and tulle (among others). Indeed hats were the icing on the cake for any glamorous woman in the fifties (particularly in the early part of the decade). Today on the blog I’m showcasing the talents of some fabulous milliners and designers who make, among others, some stunning 50s inspired hats and fascinators.

Firstly – the wonderful Hat Therapy. Chrissie set up Hat Therapy five years ago and has been making hats for eight years. Although based in the UK with her shop in West Yorkshire, her hats are sold all over the world.  She’s also about to open an online beret shop so watch out for that!

I have a big love of vintage styles 20′s to 50′s and loving recreate
many of the wonderful shapes.

One of my favourite hats of the fifties has to be the pillbox. Perfect for recreating that Jackie O style. This hat below by Hat Therapy has been hand blocked in a navy fine straw with navy veiling, pearl trim and silk lining (approx £155).

For something really unusual how about this Hat Therapy silk cocktail hat (£145) in two tones of silk with button trim. This is partly blocked underneath, the rest is cut and sewn with cross over tails at the back. It’s secured with a wide toothed comb but can be made to fit on a headband. Stunning!

Chrissie has lots more vintage inspired hats on her website and blog. Please have a look – she’s a real talent!

Hat Therapy – Pink fascinator with silk flower & quill

For some stand-out-from-the-crowd fascinators I’ve also found some striking fascinators from Esemee Fascinators.

Esemee is a new label founded in 2010 based in Blackpool, UK.  Named after founder and designer’s initials, Suzanne Marie Edgar st up Esemee after she started designing fascinators after wanting one for herself, and then it grew from there. Suzanne’s collection is full of inspiring vibrent colours and perfect for a mother of the bride who wants to be noticed. Please visit her website for more examples of her work. She’s definitely one to watch for 2011!
I had so much positive feedback from guest at the weddings I decided to design my own website and take it from there, 2011 is a tester in venturing in to the hat industry.

I absolutely adore this 50s chic Esemee ‘Katie’ ivory vintage fascinator below (£35) finished in coque feathers. Also below, ‘Macy’, where sequins have been added.

For those that love rich bright colours, this 50s inspired ‘Andrea’ Chic Crin red fascinator is fabulous (£35), and below it the hot pink ‘Katrina’ (£65).

For something completely different, British milliner Jane Taylor makes beautiful vintage-inspired hats embellished with vintage feathers, veiling, lace, gems and antique adornments sourced throughout Britain. Jane’s pieces have featured in Vogue, Elle, Tatler and Harpers as well as established bridal magazines. I’m a huge fan! Prices start from £80.

Bridal Felt Pillbox (bespoke)

Straw Fifties Cocktail hat (bespoke)

And to finish off, I shall leave you with my favourite – this amazing bespoke bow sequin 1950s cocktail hat from Jane Taylor.

For more from Jane’s collection you can visit her online shop and also her bespoke bridal section.

Thank you to all the lovely talented ladies who have featured on the blog today.

Have a great day everyone!

Charlie x

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