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The History of Hair Fascinators

Posted on November 02, 2015 by Maria Kazzi





















Hats and fascinators have certainly came a long way since their popularity in the early 1900’s and the 1940s and 1950s. Fascinators have certainly become more prevalent - almost replacing hats - since the 1990’s. These headpieces became popular for wearing at weddings and special occasions so as to not displace your well-coiffed hair. Today, fascinators can be worn at various events including cocktail parties, themed parties, and more notably at the races and – ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’ – The Melbourne Cup in November.


Although it not always polite to stare at the ladies wearing these marvellously creative fashion statements; a fascinator has the ability to transform a simple dress into a formal stunner and turn heads. 

The fascinator always sits at an angle on the head as if perching on top of the well-groomed hair and complementing the look of the hair. A cross between a hair accessory and a cocktail hat, a fascinator with veil is also quite common.

The fascinator as we know it today is adopted in the London (Luton-based) millinery trade during the late 1970s and 80s. However, use of the word ‘fascinator’ has been used in previous centuries to describe a lacy head covering similar to a shawl but much smaller and lighter. (Further history of hair fascinators can be found at www.visforvintage.net).


Fascinator and Hat Storage


Red-White-hair-fascinatorFascinators can be bold, eccentric, stunning and can range from $30 - $600 per piece, particularly if they are designed by a well-established milliner. They can exude radiant colours, eccentric prints, soft   feathers, beads, bows and flowers - they make a statement - and can be quite an expensive outlay for a handful of occasions. So have you ever thought about how you protect your fascinators after the even or occasion is over? Or do you just toss it on a shelf in your wardrobe or perhaps a crevice in a draw which collects dust? Unfortunately, hat boxes are detrimental as they lack air circulation and over time can cause your prized hat or fascinator to discolour and potentially cause material breakdown.


There are natural alternatives, such as the and for optimum care, we’ve shared some tips to protect and store your hats and fascinators.


Tips for storing your Fascinators or Hats

  • Store in a cool dry area
  • Sufficient air flow
  • Keep away from direct sunlight
  • Do not stack fascinators or hats on top of each, unless they are of similar structure
  • Use acid-free, neutral coloured tissue paper to stuff the crown of the hat to maintain its shape. A better option is an unused cotton shirt or clothing due to cotton being a natural, breathable fabric. 
  • 100% Cotton Covers are the ultimate storage solution to protect, store and organise your hats and fascinators – A fully-enclosed, natural and safer alternative to cardboard and plastic hat boxes.





So being the month of November and the excitement of the Melbourne Cup so close, remember to frock up and have a fabulous time!

And once is all said and done, remind yourselves to take care of your fascinators and store them in a 100% cotton Kazzi Kovers.


Remember if you ‘Love it, Cover it!’

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers



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www.visforvintage.net, 2015, accessed 29/10/2015



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