Stylist to the stars Sarah Sokol makes history as first USA milliner to be featured at prestigious Royal Ascot event


LA’s stylist to the stars, Sarah Sokol, in Royal Ascot’s 2023 Millinery collection – and history has been made – she’s the first ever American to be included in this collection for one of the British Royal Family’s favorite events.
Having studied her art form in Bristol (UK) and New York City, Sarah famously designed Billy Porter’s mechanical hat at the 2020 Grammy’s and designed several hats for Beyoncé’s ‘Black is King’ film. Other celebrity credits include Lady Gaga, Cardi B, and Janelle Monáe.
Ascot Racecourse and Official Royal Ascot Millinery Sponsor Fenwick are delighted to present the Royal Ascot Millinery Collective 2023 – a collaboration with 10 incredibly exciting milliners from across the
The 2023 Royal Ascot Millinery Collective, in association with Fenwick, features designs by milliners from the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia, including Stephen Jones OBE, Rachel Trevor Morgan, William Chambers, John Boyd, Awon Golding, Velvet and Tonic, Rachel Henry, Alexandra Harper, Sally Ann Provan, and Sarah Sokol.


The 10 looks offer dressing inspiration ranging from more classic Royal Enclosure elegance to zesty and playful looks for Queen Anne and Village Enclosures. The full Royal Ascot Millinery Collective is available to shop exclusively at Fenwick of Bond Street from Thursday 20th April 2023. All fashion features are available in-store at Fenwick and online at

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Enlisting the creative forces of world-renowned photographer Damian Foxe and his stylist partner Elad Bitton the dynamic duo captured the hats through a modern lens. Giving a fresh spin on tradition, Bitton styled the campaign, curating the looks from Fenwick’s spring-summer 23 collections featuring a selection of new season pieces from world-renowned designers and emerging brands, and luxury vintage pieces available at Fenwick of Bond Street By mixing dramatic shapes and bold colors, Bitton has shown us how to be excitingly elegant with our Royal Ascot style this summer while remaining within the parameters of the official dress code.

Felicity Barnard, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse, said: “We are thrilled to work with Fenwick once again to shine a light on the wearable art that is millinery. Whether opting to re-wear a much-loved hat or purchasing a new headpiece, both Royal Ascot and millinery are innately intertwined. We will see an abundance of spectacular hats and headwear on display this summer and the 2023 Millinery Collective gives ‘dress to impress’ an entirely new meaning. With creations from both established and emerging milliners – including a USA-based designer for the first time – the diverse range of designs act as inspiration and encouragement to explore the creative world of millinery.”

Leo Fenwick, Head of Brand & Community, Fenwick, added: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Royal Ascot in being the official millinery sponsor. This is a longstanding relationship and one we are particularly proud of. This year’s Millinery Collective features some of the most exciting design talent from around the world, both established iconic names, and emerging milliners already making a name for themselves. Our current Fenwick brand campaign celebrates the joy of individuality and these one-off, truly unique pieces perfectly encapsulate this spirit. Having just launched our virtual personal shopping millinery experience, our customers are now able to shop the millinery collective under the guidance of resident Fenwick millinery expert Mr. Tony and his team wherever they are in the world.



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