Friday, June 3, 2011

Fascinating Fascinators

In case you don't already know...I create sewing tutorials for youTube.  One of my most popular tutorials is for a fascinator made using only items you can find around the house and your craft room.

This comment was left on one of my videos about the fascinator- 'You were making them, before they were well know here in North America.'

*Sigh*  It sounds as though the commenter doesn't know the long history of the fascinator.  I decided to do a little research and share some fascinating fascinator history today :)

The first fascinators can be dated back to about the time of King Henry VIII (which is fun since he is an ancestor of mine).  They were made mostly of feathers but were often adorned with jewels or precious stones.  Fascinators were purely decorative in nature unlike normal hats.  In the late 1700s the trend traveled to the U.S. and became a hit among higher society colonists. Although styles continued to change fascinators managed to evolve enough to stay 'trendy' until the 1960s when their popularity started to decline.  However recent events such as royal weddings have helped bring a legacy of elegance back to life!

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