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The Cheltenham Festival is a much anticipated event

on the English horse racing calendar.

It marks a high point of the jump racing season.

Starting in 1860, and referred to officially as The National Hunt Meeting,

the Festival lasts four days and occurs each March.

The venue is the Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park in Gloucestershire.

 

This year’s Cheltenham Festival takes place from

10 – 13 March, 2015.

As with Royal Ascot, which occurs each June and is

widely known for its sartorial display and Royal patronage-

The Cheltenham Festival also boasts

an impressive array of fashion watching-

particularly on its Ladies Day, when extravagantly styled head wear rules.

 

 Hats off to Ladies Day

at the Cheltenham Festival, 2015

(images from the mirror.co.uk):

cheltenham festival, ladies day, 2014Awesome Trio

cheltenham, 2015, close up, headpiece with feather, word 'dare'

Close-up

Headpiece:  “DARE” (spelled out with Scrabble board letters)

Look:  Forties siren

(images from walesonline):

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Close-up

Colourful Geometrics

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Pearl embellished doily headpiece

(images from the mirror.co.uk):

cheltenham 2015, fuschia fedora

Fuchsia Fedora

cheltenham 2015, mirror.co.uk Maria-Cheslin-from-Southampton-arrives-on-Ladies-Day-during-the-Cheltenham-Festival

Victorian Era Inspired

(images from dailyrecord.co.uk):

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A Georgian-esque bonnet

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Starched tulle headpiece in red with

feather and flower adornments

(images from the telegraph.co.uk):

cheltenham, 2015, animal print stove pipe

Leopard print stovepipe top hat

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Chapeux par deux

brown floppy brim/fedora crown hat with black band

fascinator of floral bouquet

cheltenham, 2015, winning ribbon hat

First to cross the Finish Line

gold prize ribbon hat

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Yellow Chick-a-Dee

cheltenham, 2015, purple swirls

Purple and Blue Swirls

(images from theguardian.com):

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Reds and Pinks Betwixt the Greys

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Blue faux fur pillbox

 

cheltenham, 2015, pink/black feather hat

Good and Plenty

pink/black colour story