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Edited by on August 31 2011 at 5:23 PM

Since the moment Kate became Catherine, we’ve been a world fascinated by fascinators. This feather headdress is drenched in history, fluttering in and out of fashion over time. But as the summer of the fascinator has flown us by, is this trend is still flying? Come New York Fashion Week, will they run the way? Style the street? Or have these birds migrated on? Let’s look at where they came from, to see if we can tell where they’re going.

The Fascinating History of the Fascinator: How Long will they Linger?


(L-R, Kate Middleton – notedly not Catherine yet, Anna Della Russo, Demi Moore)

A brief history of the fascinator:

Story by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.