If we were able to turn back the clock twenty-five years, one of the designers we would be talking about most on this blog would be Frederick Fox. Australian born Freddie, as he was known, moved to London after completing his training and was called upon to make several hats for the Queen in the late 1960s. By the 1980s, he was not only making hats for Queen Elizabeth, but also the Queen Mother, Princess Alice, Princess Alexandra, Princess Anne, Princess Michael of Kent, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Princess of Wales. He held a royal warrant as “Milliner to the Queen” from 1974 until his retirement in 2002.
Frederick Fox passed away last week in his eighty second year. Here are a few of his hundreds of royal hats and some final words from the millinery genius himself.
Queen Elizabeth, May 1999; Princess Diana in the USA, 1985; Queen Elizabeth in 1983
Queen Elizabeth in Fox hats in April 1989 and October 2000
Queen Elizabeth in Jamaica, February 2002; in 1981; and at the King’s Cup in 2005
Queen Elizabeth in the ‘marble run hat worn in Italy, Oct 17, 2000; at the June 19, 1999
wedding of the Earl and Countess of Wessex; at the June 1988 Epsom Derby
Princess Diana in Italy, 1985; Princess Michael at Ascot, 1996; Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee June 2002
Photos from Tim Graham via Getty; Vogue; Walters/Rex USA via Vanity Fair; Vogue; Vogue; Tim Graham via Getty; Woman’s Day; Chris Jackson, Tim Graham, Ian Waldie, Tim Graham, via Getty; Tim Graham/AP via People; Tim Graham and Tim Graham via Getty