The Secret of Queen’s Hat I

Rachel’s shop at No. 18 Crown Lane on King’s Street St. James’s Street is still striking in an alley full of old London and handmade shops and restaurants on the list. A square white sign bearing her name Rachel Trevor Morgan was pinned to the second floor wall with a black wooden door that needed to ring the doorbell to wait for the waiter to open the door to get in. Although Queen Elizabeth II became Queen Elizabeth II’s hat designer in 2006, her shop has been in London’s prime location for 20 years. To this, she said proudly, that she had a good product Bit.

Walking in this 17th-century building, narrow wooden staircases creak, and the yellow lights on the walls illuminate every photograph Rachel designed to portray thousands of different styles of women’s hats. Some are retro, some are modern. On the second floor was her showroom, with more than fifty colorful, ingenious hats quietly placed on a black iron shelf.

At the back of the sofa was a photo of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who had been beautifully framed. The photo was taken at the 80th birthday of the Queen in 2006. The smiling queen was wearing a silver coat and a pale champagne rose hat with the same color on her head by Rachel. She said the hat was her first for the Queen, who had not been told when she would wear it. She cheered excitedly when she saw the Queen come down from the limousine wearing it on TV.

In English, casual hats are used as “cap”, and only those worn in formal situations are called “hat”. Whether it’s Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Princess Kate, or the ladies’ hats worn by the heroines in the TV series Downton Abbey, or at the Royal Ascot Jockey Club, Sometimes even a hat, unlike a hat, belongs to a hat.

The British hat culture enjoys a long history. As early as 18th Century, there was a workshop specializing in making a hat. In Britain, which was the first to invent the steam engine, the vigorous industrial revolution replaced the traditional handicraft industry. However, the hat industry still followed the tradition of handmade workshops.  Rachel’s design was inspired in the 1940s and 1950s. It was a headless age, and wearing hats became a social norm, and women without gloves and hats were not even allowed to go to public places. “but in this world, the only country that has made it a tradition to wear a hat is to keep it best and complete.” Rachel said proudly.

In the 1960s,every styles changed, there were all kinds of hats on the heads of women, and they didn’t want to be the same as the previous generation. As a result, hats are designed in different styles and become colourful. Rachel’s mother, an English lady who is keen on wearing fashionable hats, has unwittingly influenced her daughter. After high school, however, she didn’t know what she wanted. When Graham Smith’s studio was hiring, he replied to Rachel and told her that making a hat was a job that required a lot of patience and skill, and Rachel nodded. All right, I get it. Smith decided to give her a try. In Smith’s studio, Rachel learned how to make hats, and the way she learned these basics was by standing next to an experienced female worker, looking and asking.

She also worked with thirteen or four boys and girls of sixteen or seven years of age, who worked happily together, sewed labels, ribbons, and brims to their hats, and she was getting faster and more skillful. Under Professor Smith, she learned how to weave straw fibers into strips and then hats, and in this way she made her first hat. The straw-shaped fiber cap was then collected by Smith. After working for Smith for three years, Rachel realizes it’s time for her to leave. She wants to have her own client, her own label.

Then, she went to the studio in Philips Somerville, a New Zealand hat designer who was not only the longest-serving queen of the Queen’s hat, but also had an impact on Princess Diana. It once abandoned its feathered cap in favour of a large, brightly colored hat.

The Secret of Queen’s Hat II

On day in 2006, Rachel, who was busy in the studio, received a phone call. She called the Queen’s clothing assistant Angelina Kelly. “She made a name on the phone, and I was scared.” she didn’t think, just a few minutes later, Kylie came to her studio. Before that, she was in her studio. Kylie only met Kylie. After the last Royal female hat division, Kylie retired, Kylie was in urgent need of a suitable hat designer for the queen. Perhaps because of the recommendation of a fashion designer who worked together, Rachel attracted Kylie’s attention. ” I watched and talked to me in my showroom, and then she asked me if I was interested in making a hat for the Queen. Of course. ” Over the next few days, Rachel drew six designs and sent them to the palace for acceptance by the Queen. Since then, her Majesty the Queen has become the most important guest of Rachel’s career.

Then, Kelly brought in the fabric, and Rachel noticed some silver thread and sequins in it, so she added a special element to the braided material in the middle of her hat, which looked like a flash, but it didn’t show up in the picture. Rose decorations are also carefully colored.

She wasn’t told the Queen would wear it to her 80th birthday, “but because this is the first occasion, I think it must be very important anyway.” Even if you don’t believe it will happen until you watch TV and see the Queen come out of the car and wear it. Rachel opens her mouth to mimic a look of surprise.

Rachel also walked into Buckingham Palace and waited in the Queen’s dressing room. Unlike her predecessor, Frederick Fox, who first met the Queen with exhortations to bear in mind the demands, no one asked Rachel. In addition to being a little nervous, she remembers the Queen being very easy-going, thinking it was a very happy, low-key conversation.

Although not every time the Queen will be informed of the occasion in advance, but in the case of a very important occasion, will be notified. But sometimes she had to pretend she didn’t know. Every year, for example, at the Ascot Race, curious people bet on the first day what color the queen would wear and a lot of money. So I was careful, even though I had ideas about what the queen might wear, I would say,’I don’t know.’ As a queen hat maker, she must be careful not to cause unnecessary trouble.

The Queen always publicly praises Rachel’s skill. Other members of the royal family are also happy to wear a cap from the beautiful and elegant Hatter. Kate presented her navy blue tie-in dress with a hidden blue beret hat to British Irish Guards soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

The Queen ‘ s Head – Cap Designer

The hat industry is only a small industry , and it ‘ s harder to craft . ” It ‘ s hard to imagine that the woman who has just won the royal appointment in 2014 and officially became the queen ‘ s head – cap designer , has only a small team of three people , of course , including herself .

The other two assistants in the studio were busy with the work at hand. Ann, who looks older and grey-haired, has been working with Rachel for 21 years. Rachel told the writer that shaping the ornaments on the hat required a lot of craftsmanship. For example, to make a flower, first cut the cloth into a flat flower shape, then put it into a vessel like a bowl, then burn out a hard petal with a heated iron ball, so that the shape is formed. Then three or four pieces after the shape of the petals from small to large stacked together to make a flower shape. “We. It took us about two days to make a hat that had a close-knit wreath of decorative flowers.Young Lucy has been working with Rachel for seven years, and she’s good at dealing with feathers. Flowers, feathers, and gauze are all elements of Rachel’s love. The love of splendor and drama from her teenage days was reflected again and again in the finished product of her hat.

“when I meet with the customers in the showroom, I will ask them where they wear hats and their attitude to the hat, such as the habit of wearing a hat.” by this casual chat, Rachel can understand them quickly. Some people are born in a natural fashion, a big hat does is their necessity. Some people do not like to wear a hat , because they are worried about the condition of the hat, but they can’t resist the strict demands of British attendance on special occasions. They will turn to Rachel. If they wear no eaves in indoor occasions, if they attend an outdoor banquet, choose a hat with a hat, and wear more adorned hats.

The Royal Ascot Jockey Club is an event held by the British elite to show off their culture, whereas the audience is paying much more attention to the appearance of female hats than the horse racing itself. “at the Jockey Club, the ladies scrambled for glamour, as much as possible from their costumes and makeup. If you go to the Queen’s Garden party, you’ll make yourself look more low-key, clean and tidy, and don’t want to get people talking about your outfits. But if you are a mother who is about to marry your daughter, you certainly want to be at your best on the day of your daughter’s wedding because your role is crucial.

Hat making is a slow-moving process, according to clothes to cap the material and color constraints. For example, the use of Sinamei linen cloth, the need to fix the cloth on the wood block steam, such as dry and then add the second layer, the third layer, this increases the workload. In addition, the material must be dyed, the private order service can serve only one customer at a time. Even now, she has a moment of trouble. The more natural the color is, the more difficult it is to tune it. It usually takes an hour to six hours to produce the desired color, but sometimes it doesn’t work the right color even if you try all day long.

Her hat is a few hundred pounds, and the most expensive is 1500 pounds. Of course, in Rachel’s view, expensive and luxurious are not always the same sign. “the luxury of our hats is all hand-made. Even the simplest part of what seems to be different is due to the dedication of the maker over 24 years, with heart and soul, she has built a growing and stable customer base, including 20 years of old customers and new ones introduced. With the promotion of popularity, more and more new customers will make early appointments. Although some women are tailor-made for a special occasion, the future She won’t make an appointment for three or four years, but there are as many as 100 stable clients.