Ahead of the crowd

Released from the rules and restrictions of her former profession as an architect, milliner Fiona Mangan is able to give her creativity free rein in designing hats writes Lily Killeen

16th May, 2015
‘Purtsu’ (Japanese for pleating): pleated crin headpiece inspired by the works of Japanese fashion Designer Issey Miyake, €335

One thing Fiona Mangan has learned from her career in millinery is that even the royals share clothes. The revelation came after British royal Zara Phillips was spotted in a Fiona Mangan creation at the Goodwood Horseracing Festival in 2013.

“I always say that the great thing about hats is that you can lend them to your friends. And then, a few months after Zara [Phillips] wore it, she was pictured in the royal box at...

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