Duchess of Cambridge crowned Headwear Association's 'Hat Person of the Year' after claiming 90 PER CENT of votes
As both a Brit and a Royal, the Duchess of Cambridge has more opportunities than most to wear hats. And most would agree that she wears them very well.
So it comes as little surprise that The Headwear Association has named her its 'Hat Person of the Year'.
Ninety-one per cent of the California-based organisation's members voted for her in an online poll, placing her ahead of U.S. celebrities Rachel Zoe and Ne-Yo.
Hats off: The Duchess of Cambridge has been named The Headwear Association's 'Hat Person of the Year', claiming 91 per cent of the vote. Pictured in Canada in July 2011 in a maple leaf hat by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co (left) and at Sandringham for a church service on Christmas Day in a hat by Rose Cory (right)
In fact, one wonders why anyone else even got a vote. As far as hats are concerned, there could not be a more fitting winner.
Since her engagement in November 2010, the Duchess's impact on the millinery industry has been enormous.
She has raised the profile, not only
of established names like Philip Treacy and Sylvia Fletcher of Lock
& Co, but also little-known designers such as Rose Cory and Vivien Sheriff.
And though the engagements for which
she chooses to wear hats are not unusual – church services, weddings and
Royal Ascot – her sartorial influence has inspired many people to sport
formal headwear for all manner of special occasions.
Sartorial influence: In November 2011 during the Remembrance Day ceremony in a Jane Corbett hat (left) and in Gina Foster at the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall in Scotland in July (right)
Summer social season, from left: At the Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor; at a church service to mark Prince Philip's 90th birthday; at the Derby festival, all in June
The style set in the U.S. has perhaps been most heavily-inspired. While British women, like Catherine, expect to wear hats from time to time, it was, for a long time, seen as outdated in America.
Now though, milliners are enjoying a boom thanks to 'the Kate effect'.
Jenny Pfanenstiel, of Forme Millinery in Chicago said: 'Kate has allowed American women to know what fascinators are and to feel more comfortable and confident about wearing hats in public.'
A post on The Headwear Association's blog, announcing the news today,
described Catherine's style as 'impeccable', citing her burgundy hat by
Rose Cory and maple leaf headpiece by Sylvia Fletcher as favourites.
Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Charlie Sheen were also among the names on the shortlist, claiming one per cent of the vote each.
Setting trends: At Victoria Barracks in June in a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan (left), in Canada in a stetson in July (centre) and in February in Anglesey, Wales (right)
Association was founded in 1908 and claims to be the oldest fashion trade
association in the industry.
Its mission is to promote hat wearing
and the headwear industry throughout the world and foster goodwill and
fellowship among those engaged in the headwear industry.
This is the third annual Hat Person of the Year award: previous winners include Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.
Earlier this year, it inducted Victoria Beckham and Lady Gaga into its Hall of Fame. They
joined the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Aretha Franklin, Fred Astaire and Marlene Dietrich.