Frederick Fox,The milliner,the artist.

Frederick Fox, milliner to Queen Elizabeth, pictured in Melbourne with models wearing his creations. Picture: James Croucher
Frederick Fox, milliner to Queen Elizabeth, pictured in Melbourne with models wearing his creations. Picture: James Croucher

Frederick Fox,an Australian-born milliner passed away leaving the fashion world poorer.A gifted designer and craftsman collaborated with Hardy Amies, HM The Queen’s late couturier,creating head pieces to match her outfits and cover all her public appearances,αnd awarded LVO on the Queen’s birthday honours list.During his career,he also created bespoke hats for Princess Alice and the late Diana, Princess of Wales,Hillary Clinton, Barbara Cartland,Joan Collins and a solid rich and famous clientele.He retired in 2002 only to accept orders for distinguished clients for weddings and other festivities.”I managed to survive three tailors, four dressmakers, three vendeuses and two designers and was able to give continuity to millinery for 34 years of our monarch’s remarkable reign,” Fox said of his service to the sovereign.He also worked on several films, and among his credits are the iconic white leather crash helmets and suits seen in 2001, A Space Odyssey.A fact not widely known is that in 1999 he conceived a small headpiece,lately widely copied and named: ”the fascinator”,on item we all love and wear in many occasions. He will be greatly missed.

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