Annually, the city of Chantilly (the horse training Mecca of France) hosts the horseracing event Prix de Diane. Also known as the French Oaks, the race is held in July and forms part of a carnival that kicks off the French summer racing season. However, the event is not only for avid horse race fans. On the contrary, fashionistas can also have their moment as the event provides the perfect arena to show-off the most beautiful, and sometimes outrageous, hats.
Fashion can be used to achieve a myriad of objectives. It is a version of nonverbal communication that could be used as a form of self-expression or as a means to convey an identity that one wishes to adopt.