leave us with our long held notions about headwear challenged and expanded. Having always viewed the hat essentially as a functional article of clothing. Don't hats exist to keep one warm, dry, or shaded from the sun? That's why they should be in our houses, or so I believed. Women's fascinators and headbands, however, often have more in common with sculpture than with clothing. I now understand that the human head can simply act as a pedestal and hat materials (felt, straw, fabric) can be employed no differently than wood or stone or clay with three-dimensional art as the objective. Fascinators need not function as hats. The good milliner - when succeeding at the highest level, like the good sculptor, understands and skillfully manipulates this medium's materials. The results can be interesting, entertaining, and fun to wear.