Rachel Trevor-Morgan

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Rachel Trevor-Morgan
Born
OccupationMilliner
Notable credit(s)
Royal Warrant to the Queen, 2014
The Queen wore a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat during a 2010 visit to Toronto

Rachel Trevor-Morgan is a British milliner best known for the hats she creates for the Queen. In 2014, she was granted a Royal Warrant.

Dame Joan Collins, is among Morgans high list clientele

Early life and career[edit]

The hat designer Rachel Trevor-Morgan was born in Stourbridge, West Midlands. Her father was a vicar and, as a child, she loved seeing her mother wear hats to church.[1] She was a pupil at The Alice Ottley School in Worcester and, aged 19, moved to London intent on learning how to be a milliner.[2]

She wrote to British milliner Graham Smith – hatmaker to Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins and Princess Diana among others – asking if she could see how he worked. He interviewed Trevor-Morgan and offered her an apprenticeship.[1] She learned the trade for three years, as one of a workroom of 14 women in his studio near Oxford Street, then working for another royal hat designer Philip Somerville between 1988–90. Trevor-Morgan has said of her training with two of London's most celebrated milliners that Graham Smith taught her how to get the hat right and Philip Somerville taught her about "people relations".[1] She has also described Smith as remaining her "mentor" when she needs advice.[1]

Eponymous label[edit]

Trevor-Morgan set up in business in 1990, initially selling her designs in the market at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church.[1] Soon she was supplying Fortnum & Mason; Harrods and Selfridges followed and, in 1992, her business moved to a 17th-century studio in the prestige location of St James's.[1] By 1998, her reputation had grown to the extent that a feature in The Times included her in a list of go-to milliners in London, alongside much more established names such as Frederick Fox and Stephen Jones.[3]

Royal commissions[edit]

Trevor-Morgan began making hats for the Queen in 2006 – initially she was invited to create six sketches for review and then some designs were made. The first of her models was worn by the Queen at her 80th birthday church service at St Paul's Cathedral.[1] The Queen then chose another of the designer's hats – a beige shot silk model – for her birthday lunch at the Mansion House – inspiring a Times journalist to note that Trevor-Morgan had now become: "a new recruit to a tight little band of royal headwear designers".[4]

Since 2006, she has been one of the Queen's preferred milliners, creating some 60 hats (averaging ten a year) up to 2012.[5][6] In 2014, Trevor-Morgan was awarded a Royal Warrant.[1]

Trevor-Morgan works closely with the Queen's design team, including fashion designer Stewart Parvin and the Queen's senior dresser and assistant Angela Kelly.[1] There is close liaison on colours and fabrics, with notable successes including the emerald green Parvin outfit and Trevor-Morgan hat – the shade chosen for its symbolic value – worn by the Queen for the first day of her 2011 state visit to Ireland.[7] More recently, Trevor-Morgan hats have also been worn by other members of the British Royal Family, including Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.[8][9]

Other commissions[edit]

Trevor-Morgan still supplies London stores such as Fortnum & Mason as well as creating hats for private clients. All designs are bespoke, with fabric and straw dyed in the St James's studio. Trevor-Morgan has said she prepares her dyes in a saucepan, cooking them up to achieve exactly the right shade.[1][7]

In 2014, she was commissioned to add miniature hats to Lego figures in front of a replica of Buckingham Palace at Legoland in Windsor in the run up to Royal Ascot.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Boersma, Maxine (19 June 2014). "Rachel Trevor-Morgan discusses Her Majesty's hat preferences". Financial Times. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ "School Alumni". rgsw.org.uk. Royal Grammar School Worcester. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. ^ Grainger, Lisa (13 June 1998). "Extravagance comes to a head". The Times (66227).
  4. ^ Hamilton, Alan (16 June 2006). "Queen quotes Groucho as she thanks nation for its support". The Times (68728).
  5. ^ Ostler, Catherine (1 June 2012). "Nostalgia: The Queen's Changing Fashion". Vogue. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Queen's Diamond Jubilee Interview: the Queen's Milliner". The Daily Telegraph. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  7. ^ a b Lloyd, Ian (1 June 2012). "Secrets of a Royal Stylist". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  8. ^ Pearson, Katy (18 April 2013). "How to make the Queen's hats". The Lady. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Kate Middleton: Her royal wardrobe". Glamour. 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  10. ^ Sim, David (10 June 2014). "Lego figures of the Royal Family wear tiny hats by Rachel Trevor-Morgan". International Business Times. Retrieved 30 September 2014.

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