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A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl made from wool or lace. The term had fallen almost into disuse by the 1970s.
In the early 21st century the term has made a comeback but the meaning has slightly changed and now is used to describe a delicate, slightly frivolous head decoration worn on the hair almost exclusively by women. Modern fascinators are commonly made with feathers, flowers and/or beads. They attach to the hair by a comb, headband or clip. They are an adornment for formal attire and are an alternative to wearing a hat. They are particularly popular at premium horse racing events, such as the Grand Nationaland the Melbourne Cup. They may also be worn at weddings by guests, and also as an alternative to a bridal veil.
They are available pre-made, but are also quite easy and cost effective to self assemble. They are also sold in kit form.
**For those of you, like me, who didn’t know. It took me an hour to figure out how to SPELL the word!