Last month, longtime reader mrfitzroyobe asked, “HatQueen, have you ever thought of a QE2 Iconic Hat Gallery? Readers could offer suggestions/nominations for the most lovely and memorable hats of the past decade (or whatever period), and then vote on the 10 MOST iconic hats! That process could be no end of fun!”
You’re on Mr. Fitzroy, OBE! While Her Majesty retires to Scotland until the fall, we’re going to have a weekly Tuesday-Wednesday discussion focusing on a particular decade of millinery (in random order) in the Queen’s adult life and put forward hats we believe fit the label of ”iconic” from each decade. From these shortlisting conversations, we’ll narrow down to ten designs to highlight in a new “Iconic Hats Gallery” page. For the purpose of clarity, we’ll adopt the Merriam-Webster definition of iconic as “widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence.”
For each hat you put forward, you must explain why you think the hat is iconic- whether it’s part of the design, the colour, the event it attended, or something else. If you support someone else’s suggestion, say so! If you’re not sure where to start, the “Hats From The Past” index here and the photo archive at Getty Images are good bets. You are also welcome to link to articles, youtube videos or photo galleries featuring a particular hat but I ask that for copyright compliance, we avoid pinterest links and any hotlinked photos.
We start today with the 1970s (and only the 1970s!). What hats from this decade do you consider to be iconic looks for the Queen?
Photos from Getty as indicated