Fascinators do little more than perch on women’s heads, but where did this fashionable fascination come from? Allure.com reports that during the Tudor period, spanning the years 1485 and 1603, the fashion of the time dictated that English and Welsh women wear veils, pillbox hats and curls. The popularity of headwear in Europe and beyond grew and morphed throughout the centuries, but never faded even during the flapper era of the 1920s. Fascinators, which is a millinery term, were originally a lightweight knitted head covering popularised in the 18th century. But by the 1990s it meant any formal headwear. They are usually worn on special occasions like race days and weddings.