Last summer, we looked at several signature millinery shapes used by the Queen’s dresser and hat designer, Angela Kelly (the wrapped crown, the teardrop, the diagonal crown, the split crown, the flat brim, and the diagonal crown). Today we are going to look at another one of these signature shapes, the oblique brim.
Queen Elizabeth at Ascot, June 20, 2013; Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant, June 2, 2012
60th Anniversary of the coronation, June 4, 2013; Opening the Commonwealth Games July 23, 2014
Most hats with sloped brims are formed with a brim that is folded up on one side and down on the other (here are some examples
). Angela Kelly’s design is different – the brim of the hat is attached to the crown in a slope that results in the crown being visible underneath the brim on one side. It is a unique look that provides a flat surface for Kelly to embellish the hat (sometimes, too much in my opinion) and makes the brim fly away from the Queen’s face. I suppose this hat shape allows for the milliner to embellish the hat through the material used on the brim (and create the interesting shirred effect we see on the hat above) but I’m not a fan of that little bit of crown visible under the raised side of the brim. I am interested to hear what the rest of you think- do you like this particular design?
Photos from Getty as indicated