Princess Eugenie And Beatrice Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson daughters opted for understated hats after the whimsical fascinators by renowned London milliner Philip Treacy for Prince William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding saw Eugenie, 28, wearing a 1960s style dress by Roksanda Viola in dyed teal silk organza. Her simple white pillbox hat was by Stephen Jones. Sister Beatrice, 29, wore a multi-stranded headband by emerging Milliner Fi Graham with a dress by Gainsbourg.
The sculptural hat Beatrice wore at William and Kate’s wedding quickly became one of the day’s most talked-about sartorial moments, raising nearly £100,000 for charity after being auctioned on eBay.For Harry and Megan’s day they chose a pill box and headband style.
Fi Graham is a London based milliner who specialises in designing and creating elegant bespoke headpieces and hats for special occasions. Having originally trained as a textile designer, it was Fi’s love of creating three-dimensional embroidered designs, that led her into the world of millinery. She trained in millinery techniques with the renowned film and theatre milliner, Jane Smith. Fi then went on to work with Philip Treacy in his London studio for seven years, where she worked on designs for clients such as the Duchess of Cornwall, Madonna and Lady Gaga. It was at Philip Treacy’s, that Fi gained a strong understanding of couture millinery. Fi has also worked with the Royal milliner, Rachel Trevor-Morgan. In her studio, Fi creates each design using couture techniques. Every hat is hand blocked, every headpiece is hand stitched and beaded. As well as using silk flowers on some of her creations, Fi also makes embroidered flowers and blossoms, thus marrying her two loves of millinery and embroidery together.
Eugenie is an associate Director at international gallery Hauser & Wirth, a well-respected gallery with a roster of ‘blue chip’ artists. It has galleries in New York and Zurich. They recently opened their fourth gallery in the English Countryside eight miles south of Shepton Mallet in Somerset. The new gallery is located at Durslade Farm on the edge of the ancient town of Bruton in the southwest of England. It aims to become a destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art. Hauser & Wirth Somerset will also provide extensive events and education programme inspired by the exhibitions, the countryside and the local community.
“Princess Eugenie has joined Hauser & Wirth as an associate director, and we are delighted to have her as part of the team,” The Telegraph reported that, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was poached by Hauser & Wirth from the New York-based online auction house Paddle8, where she has been working for almost two years”. Euginie, who is eighth in line to the throne, studied history of art at the University of Newcastle. She previously interned at Christie’s London and regularly attends art events. Her £25,000-a-year position at Paddle 8 was granted after a three month internship.