(In case you missed them, the other two signs of me going British are here and here.)
Last Saturday, I went to a millinery workshop. I thought it would be fun, and also slightly ironic, to make a hat in the Tower of London. Because, you know, a lot of people lost the one thing you kind of need to wear a hat in there…
After tea and biscuits (because everything in England starts with tea and biscuits), eleven other women and I met with milliner extraordinaire, Ani Townsend. She told us about her latest project – making headpieces for a production of the Lion King in Wales. Amazing! I googled her before the course to have a peek at her portfolio (because I’m North American, and that’s what we do before everything), and while she specializes in period hats, she has also made some spectacular modern pieces. I like this one:
|One of Ani's creations (photo from her website)|
Actually, it’s more of a fascinator.
A hat is, obviously, a hat. It covers your head and often has a brim. Hats can be utilitarian, religious or decorative.
A fascinator is a hat alternative that is more substantial than a barrette. It’s decorative. It attaches to the hair with a comb or a hairband.Fascinators are small to medium. Anything larger is called a substantial fascinator.
So what did I actually make?
Well, it has a small base and is attached to a comb. A fascinator.
It has a large bow. Substantial fascinator.
It has a veil. Is it encroaching on hat territory?
Let’s just call it....
Actually, British people would never say hatinator - Canuck through and through...