We are continuing our look at royal hat wardrobe inventories with a peek today at all off the black hats in the Duchess of Cornwall’s millinery closet. Since beginning her royal life in 2005, we have seen Camilla in twelve designs (shown here in the order they were introduced):
1. 2. 3.
Designer: Philip Treacy; Philip Treacy; unknown
Introduced: November 4, 2005; June 16, 20006; September 2, 2006
4. 5. 6.
Designer: Philip Treacy;unknown; Philip Treacy
Introduced: September 11, 2006; December 14, 2007; November 9, 2008
Designer: unknown; Lock and Co.; Lock and Co
Introduced: June 25, 2011; January 27, 2012; September 11, 2013
Of the twelve designs shown above, I suspect that #2 and #3 are retired (the flower in #2 showed significant signs of wear after a few wears and I suspect it was replaced with #10)- this might also be true for #4 and #7 which both have not been seen in several years.
I find this group a little disappointing thanks to some dowdy shapes and some nubbly textured straw that lacks some refinement. I think Camilla is at her millinery best when in collaboration with Philip Treacy, evidenced here by the beautifully crisp design of #1 (a hat that still in circulation after a decade), the beautifully balanced movement of #10 and the smooth elegance of #12.
What do you think of this lineup? Which hats are your favourites? And, if you were to become Camilla’s stylist for a day, what kind of black designs might you want to add?