Here it is: The World’s Most Expensive Hat
And it’s making its debut at the races?! AMAZING!!
What do you get when you put an Award Winning Milliner with a Renowned Jeweler: a bejeweled show-stopping piece!
Melbourne based milliner Natalie Bikicki has collaborated her talents with the talents of John Calleija to create a magnificient millinery sight that is tagged at $3 million!! This gorgeous creation will make its debut at the AAMI Victoria Derby Day tomorrow November first at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. Where other than the MYER Marquee for this piece to adorn model and MYER Ambassador Kate Beck and be shown to the masses.
From Blouin Artinfo:
“Ms Bikicki drew inspiration for the design from an excerpt about the Roman Goddess of the Hunt, Diana, which led to wonder what she could design for a modern woman that she would also create for Diana. “The headpiece itself had to be beautiful and striking, with a confident girl in mind,” said Ms Bikicki. I pictured this girl in the wilderness, facing opportunities and challenges and started to draw on concepts from fantasty, mythology, and modern pop culture.”
To read more on the design and inspiration details visit the Blouin Artinfo website.
We will be seeing a lot of these smaller head adornments rather than the bigger millinery pieces this year. Just as models and racing fans alike showed at the Cox Plate- headbands and fascinators seem to be this years trend for millinery. Mickey Mouse ears? Yep- there will be a few of those!
Road to Breeders’ Cup…Millinery!
We are less than a month out for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships here in the United States. Horses from all over the world fly to California for two days of Championship racing. These horses are top notch, and that means the fashion is too! Stylish ladies from Australia and Ireland bring their best racing fashion including gorgeous millinery pieces. Visit our Style Section for what is on trend this year at Santa Anita Park- but just to get you started- check out our favorite Breeders’ Cup Purple Pieces:
Fashion at the Races was started by Bri Mott almost three years ago now. To bring new light to the horse racing industry in the United States through the love of fashion and maybe some bubbly champagne, FATR has found its presence not only in the United States but in Ireland, England, and Australia as well. Seeing ladies dress up and enjoy a day at the races all over the world is what gets us soooo excited!!
After two years of the FATR E-Store up and running, we knew we needed to make a major change. Not only did our old design not cater to our international crowd, but the older design just wasn’t user friendly enough for your fabulous shopping fingers!
The new design is organized, easy, and ships internationally! But that just wasn’t enough for a Grand Opening! We have new hats and fascinators from milliners ready to be released to the masses and find new homes! Some of the collections are EXCLUSIVE to Fashion at the races and YOU! They won’t be offered anywhere else but right here! One of a kind- you won’t find these pieces on anyone else!
All of our millinery is handmade by talented milliners all over the world. We offer hats for all budgets, all styles, and all heads! We specialize in getting you a perfect custom piece for your outfit- just email email@example.com to get started and we will find your perfect milliner and help create the perfect piece!
New to FATR: If you buy a piece from us and then send us a picture of you wearing it at the races (via firstname.lastname@example.org) we will send you a $10 off coupon for your next purchase!! We want to see you rocking the FATR millinery !!
SEPTEMBER 4th IS THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW FATR STORE!!
George Brown Millinery Contest at Queen’s Plate 2014
We can’t say enough good things about the Queen’s Plate Raceday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, ON.
One of the highlights on the day was most definitely the George Brown Millinery competition. 14 amazing students were able to showcase their designs in front of a large crowd on the main stage at the Hats and Horseshoes contest. These students were chosen from all the millinery students at the George Brown College. They sketched their idea of a perfect Queen’s Plate Hat and only 14 were chosen to create those designs and be in the running to win a $1000 prize!
These fourteen designs were absolutely stunning! Each one was so unique and interesting as their creator described the inspiration while designing the piece. So much hardwork and creativity was put into each and it was great for the general public to hear numbers like 20 to 40 hours were put into one hat!
Unfortunately the panel of judges had to choose only one winner, runner-up, and second runner-up. With such a touch job to do, Woodbine brought in the experts which included FATR’s one and only Bri Mott! Along with her was the Official Millinery of the Queen’s Plate, David Dunkley, George Browns‘ Cristina Grossi, and TV personality Traci Melchor from The Social.
After much deliberation the judges narrowed the 14 contestants down to the 3 finalists which included three very different pieces! One piece by Iris was inspired by the circular shape of the racetrack made of a light blue/grey sinamay and adorned with vintage crystals.
Another piece by Iris had such fun colors and embellishments which and orange sinamay base and black and white striped silk piping around the edge. Different color fabric flowers brought out the fun and femininity in this piece.
That fun and fashionable fasincator took the cake! The perfect combination of modern elegance and practicality at the racetrack, Anne Livingston took home $1000 for her beautiful design.
The runner up, Amparo Findlay, took home a $500 prize and the second runner up, Iris, wasn’t left empty handed taking home $300.
Congratulations to all the contestants who worked so hard and created beautiful pieces! It takes such confidence to stand up in front of a large crowd and show off your blood sweat and tears to be judged. You are all truly winners as you are such talented artists! Not everyone can do what you do! (Seriously-I’ve tried!)