Fascinators - light, kado unik, hadiah ulang tahun headpieces, usually arranged on a comb, clasp or locks band and preferably a frothy cocktail of beads, ribbon and feathers.
Today they are often mass-produced and on sale in every high street store. Nobody seems to be absolutely sure about the origin of the name fascinator although in the us in the 1860s the term was utilized for a lacy, woollen shawl worn loosely over the head. This entirely relate to todays concoctions; my own take on it is that fascinator is an appropriate label with regards to etymology given that they are often rather captivating.
Women have been adorning their heads throughout background: Roman ladies had elaborate hair styles; 17th Century noblewomen wore large and elaborate wigs; the Victorians had a bonnet for every occasion; the Edwardians wore elaborate feathered hats. When you think about it, it makes great sense both when it comes to fashion and practicality most women in history would not experienced an enormous wardrobe of clothes or easy access to hair products and styling. Wigs and hats will make a big statement and cover up a multitude of sins. In the beginning of the 20th Century hats were a social necessity a lady would not dream of stepping outside without her hat and gloves.
Hats nowadays are usually connected with special occasions, particularly weddings. There exists a growing pattern towards wearing a fascinator alternatively. They are more fun when compared to a hat and usually more decorative. Fascinators were favored by the women at Ascot in the first 1900s and the 1940s and 1950s saw many exotic little creations referred to as cocktail hats. During the Second World War however, the wearing of hats sharply declined reflecting the start of changes in society and etiquette.
The revival of the purely ornamental headpiece in the form of a fascinator often will be related to the Royal Family members. The queen (and even most of the guests) wore one to her grandson Peter Philips wedding ceremony in 2008 and then there is Princess Beatrices magnificent headpiece at the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William last year.
Ironically, although they were extremely popular at Ascot from the first 1900s, fascinators have now been banned from the Royal Enclosure within an exercise to shrink the rules on dress code. This seems just a little misguided with so many of the Royal Family regularly wearing them, particularly our beautiful Duchess of Cambridge who wears them so well. In the public grandstand however, it will be compulsory to wear a fascinator or a hat.
One things for sure, they will never disappear completely. As the aged saying goes, If you want to get ahead, get yourself a hat.....or a fascinator!