Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1993 when newlyweds Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako visited the Ise Grand Shrine to announce their marriage. Masako’s blush Breton hat was trimmed with a swath of pink dotted veiling around the hat’s upturned brim.

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8 thoughts on “Hat From the Past

    • I was gonna say, except for the 1980s/early 90s wide shoulders and sleeves, this would fit right in at any Japanese Imperial Court function requiring such an outfit. I would like to see Masako with her hair down again sometime.

  1. She could be one of Shelby’s bridesmaids in Steel Magnolias! It’s a lot of pink this look…or should I say, blush!

    • I had to look this up, JamesB – the Steel Magnolias reference. You are so right :).
      A delicate summery brimmed hat plus the baby pink plus the huge bow at the waist are indeed reminiscent of a bridesmaid, and are a step away from the usually sober imperial gown. The hat is a good choice with the dress, though I’d prefer an even wider brim. I do think the plainer imperial hat styles with smaller brims which we often see, would look too uninteresting, paired with that huge bow.

    • “Blush or Bashful,” right JamesB? I do agree it’s more “blush.”
      Brilliant reference. Well done.
      And Janet…nice comment on the physical distancing. I guess Royals have been doing that for longer than we have.

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