Coniston hat

Coniston hat

Designed by Frederick Fox
Velvet and feathers
Great Britain
2000
Given by Sir Frederick Fox
Museum no. T.33-2003

This hat is made of velvet, moulded into undulating folds which are permanently set to one side, giving the effect that a fast wind has just swished by the fabric. The design of the hat suggests the idea of speed and is named 'Coniston' after the lake where Donald Campbell broke the world land-speed record in 1967. The hat is lined with bird of paradise feathers which give an iridescent sheen to the interior of the folds.

Sir Frederick Fox retired from the millinery business in 2002, following 40 years of hat-making. Australian-born Fox moved to Londonin 1958 to work with milliners Otto Lucas and later Mitzi Lorenz. In 1964 he opened his own salon in London's Brook Street. Milliner to the Queen since 1969, Fox designed classic styles made to the highest standard and worn by an international clientele to important public and private events. He was noted for his technical skill in making hats and his use of the highest quality materials.

Following his retirement, Fox returned to Australiaand became a patron of the Australian Millinery Association.