June 18, 2008

Royal Ascot 2008 this week

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 11:13 pm

Royal Ascot 2008 Poster - Philip Treacy hatLast Tuesday (17th June) Royal Ascot 2008 began and it will be going on until Saturday 21st.

On the left you can see the Royal Ascot 2008 poster. That gorgeous hat was made by Philip Treacy for that campaign and I love the retro look.

I’ve been following the event on the BBC, and it’s been lots of fun to see all the nice hats and dresses.

If you are unable to watch Royal Ascot on TV, you can still enjoy it by googling for pictures and reading the Royal Ascot Media Guide. The best part of the Media guide starts on page 10 with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code.

Please know that in the unlikely event that you were allowed in the Royal Enclosure (you need sponsorship from a member who has attended at least four times) you would have to respect the following dress code:

For Ladies, only formal day dress with a hat or substantial fascinator will be acceptable. Off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch and /or mini skirts are considered unsuitable. Midriffs must be covered and trouser suits must be full length and of matching material and colour.

Gentlemen are required to wear either black or grey morning dress, including a waistcoat, with a top hat.

Isnt’ that just wonderful? I thought that kind of thing didn’t exist any more! It should be made compulsory for everyday life. Men in tails and women with hat. Every day. All the time.

The dress code for General Admission is more relaxed:

Ladies are required to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion. Many wear hats although this is not compulsory. Gentlemen are required to wear a shirt and tie, preferably with a suit or jacket. Sports attire, jeans and shorts are strictly forbidden.

By the way… did you know that on Gold Cup day (19th) you can bet which colour hat The Queen is going to be wearing? Apparently the favorite colours at the moment are yellow, blue, and white… and someone is going to be very rich if the Queen shows up with a leopard skin colour hat (odds of 150 to one)… when you thought you had seen it all!

Apparently (see page 13) there will be a fashion show by Philip Treacy, and I hope I haven’t missed that one. Hopefully it will be tomorrow.

The Royal Ascot Media guide is full of interesting Ascot trivia, so it’s a recommended read!

Finally, rejoice looking at this visual guide from the Ascot website on what is acceptable and what not if you are going to be in the Royal Enclosure.


  1. Hi Cristina, I’ve been watching Royal Ascot too, sewing hats at the same time during the racing bits! Its so much fun, the only time that hats get so much attention on the TV. Its great to see all the wonderful colours and shapes. I have a few hats that I’ve made and some that I’ve hired gone to Ascot this week so I am trying to spot those too! This afternoon is Ladies Day, fingers crossed it doesn’t rain. I went myself last year which was wonderful but with my baby due in four weeks I really haven’t got the energy (or the ability to be at all stylish) at the moment. But next year, I’ll be there! Cath

    Comment by Cath — June 19, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  2. Hey Cath! Good to hear from you. Sorry I didn’t reply to your previous comments, but I did go to London and had a great time, but I didn’t go to visit any milliners, although I bought myself a few things at Macculloch & Wallis.
    Perhaps next year we can arrange to meet and go together to Ascot, who knows!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — June 19, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  3. Miss J LOVES that poster and hat. Stunning. The dress code is fascinating. Don’t you agree that a majority of Americans wouldn’t know how to dress “appropriate to a smart occasion”?

    Comment by Miss Janey — June 19, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

  4. Perhaps that’s why there are step by step instructions in the dress code!? Glad you enjoyed London Cristina, would be great to see you at Royal Ascot next year. Cath

    Comment by Cath — June 20, 2008 @ 6:55 am

  5. (licking her chops,rubbing her hands together)

    Comment by Jill — June 20, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

  6. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know the Ascot was still held. I remember the song from My Fair Lady. Perhaps I should attend more horse races. We only make it out to one horse race a year and they are quite laid-back. Though I do miss the opportunity to wear fancy hats more frequently.
    The hat on the flyer is stunning!

    Comment by Marie — July 9, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  7. What a beautiful poster! Brings back so many memories of the past when people cared about the way they looked and dressed accordingly. A smartly dressed person is always a joy to look at and can actually lift one’s spirits. I’m so tired of sloppy and careless people who simply do not care for themselves which is obvious in the way they dress. If they have no respect for themselves they ultimately will have no respect for anyone else. Once I was tempted to put a sign on my front door: “If you look like a pig, dress like a pig, act like a pig, do not enter, go to the nearest farm.”

    Comment by Linda — August 21, 2008 @ 2:21 am

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