Frederick Fox was born in 1931 in New South Wales, Australia. He trained as a milliner in Sydney, Australia, from 1949 to 1958 when he left for London. He worked with the milliners Longee in Brook Street London, until the mid 60's when he opened his own business.
Fox became the favourite milliner of a number of designers including Hardy Amies and John Bates.
He has an international clientele and has created hats for Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Family. In 1974, Fox was issued a royal warrant by the Queen for supply of hats. The loyalty he evokes from one generation to the next has guaranteed that he has remained at the forefront of hat design ever since.
Fox was a great influence on Diana, Princess of Wales, during the mid-80's when she began experimenting with wider brims. She was seen wearing his flying-saucer shaped hats at Ascot in 1985 and on the official royal tour of Italy in the same year.