Milliner Jane Taylor nearly fell over when she saw Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge sporting one of her designs.
Catherine opted for a Jane Taylor hat for the christening of daughter Charlotte in 2015, matching her cream headpiece to her dress. The Duchess posed proudly holding Charlotte alongside husband Prince William, who had Prince George in his arms, for a now iconic snap taken by famed photographer Mario Testino.
“I was going for a run and I saw a billboard with images flashing up, one of which was of the christening. It was such a shock, I nearly fell in to the road,” Jane recalled to Britain’s Hello! magazine. “It’s such a lovely image. All I can say is that it’s a huge honor to work with the Duchess. She’s a great ambassador for British fashion.”
Catherine, 34, also chose Jane’s designs for a tour of the Solomon Islands in 2013 and to attend the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee lunch in 2012, wearing a nude veiled piece.
“For the Duchess I have used shapes that are just for her and I wouldn’t ever use them for anyone else for the first two or three years,” she explained.
Other famous fans of Jane’s include Amal Clooney, Rita Ora and America’s First Lady Michelle Obama. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is also a huge fan, and designing for royalty is a dream come true for the A-list milliner.
“I just knew I wanted to make really high-quality, beautifully crafted pieces and I thought I would like the make something for the royal family, because obviously that’s the pinnacle. I had that idea maybe 10 years ago and just stuck to it,” she shrugged.
However she was nervous the first time a royal wore one of her pieces, as she worried what the press would say.
As for her dream client, the sky’s the limit for Jane.
“Last time I was asked who my ideal client would be, I said ‘Beyonce’ and then it happened. I do love celebrities, but I’d be happy making something for anyone really,” she smiled.