The Royal Wedding, what else?

All eyes (ok, maybe not all, but a lot) are going to be focused on the upcoming wedding of Megan Markle and Price Harry this Saturday. What designer will she be wearing? Will she wear a traditional veil?

I have heard from several friends and customers (some of which have purchased a hat for the wedding, even if they are viewing it in their homes) that they are having a proper tea and hat event to celebrate. Sounds like a great excuse to wear a hat or fascinator to me!

Ms. Markle looks great in hats. I wonder if she will embrace hat wearing as much as Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. What do you think? Are you planning on watching the royal wedding?

The British Royal family arrive at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas Day Featuring: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Where: Sandringham, United Kingdom When: 25 Dec 2017 Credit: Ward/WENN.com ORG XMIT: wenn33520376

In-Studio Perspectives

This week’s post is about a styled shoot I participated in yesterday. It was a lot of fun to be involved in the “organized chaos” and to see my hats on such fabulous models. Check out the hair, makeup, costumes, flowers, staging…so very cool.

The theme is “Chasing Alice,” a fantasy wonderland-inspired wedding. I will post some of the professional photos taken by Black Box Photography in the near future. In the meantime, I attempted to capture the spirit of the session with my iPhone that I share with you now.

Lots of hands on deck helping to style and organize

Lots of hands on deck helping to style and organize

The table is set for tea

The table is set for tea

The Mad Hare

The Mad Hare

The bride...with Twiddledum and Twiddledee in the background.

The bride…with Twiddledum and Twiddledee in the background.

Vintage Hat Friday

This lovely piece is pure 1960s. The label reads: Miss Dior Created by Christian Dior. The designer, Christian Dior, lived from 1905 – 1957, so this hat was  a line created after his death.The hat may have been created by Mark Bohan, who designed for the brand in the 1960s. This piece shows some sign of wear, however the original tag from The Halle Brothers Company is still attached. No date when it was purchased, but it originally sold for $16. A classic and feminine piece, don’t you think?

Miss Dior

Miss Dior

Miss Dior - Back

Miss Dior – Back

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In-Studio Perspectives

Hello friends,

I have made quite a number of hats and headpieces for weddings: some for the bride, some for the mother-of-the-bride, one for the grandmother-of-the-groom. So when I received the following project, I was happy to try something new. The top hat below was to be worn by the groom.

Groom's Top Hat

Groom’s Top Hat

Two youngsters were in the small wedding party and it was decided that they should wear similar hats. These hats were fun to make and I had to call on some millinery techniques that I don’t often use, like making a grosgrain ribbon brim edge. Here are a few photos of the hat in progress and the finished products. These little men look so cute!

Sewing Grosgrain Ribbon Bands

Sewing Grosgrain Ribbon Bands

Two Perfect Miniature Top Hats

Two Perfect Miniature Top Hats

Two Adorable Little Boys!

Two Adorable Little Boys!

In-Studio Perspectives…English Wedding Facinator

One of the more interesting facets of hat making is what the Brits call “bespoke” millinery. Bespoke pieces often incorporate fabric or trim from a dress or coat to customize a hat to coordinate with a specific outfit (think Queen Elizabeth).

I recently created a mother-of-the-bride fascinator for a woman to wear to her daughter’s nuptials in England. Her dress was a pretty greenish-blue satin; the color was called “peacock.”  Of course, peacock feathers were the perfect accent and colorway. This pretty piece features loops of millinery crin and ribbon over a dupioni silk base, and is topped with a handmade peacock feather embellishment. A vintage rhinestone button tops it off and adds a touch of sparkle. Lovely!

Mother-of-the-bride fascinator

Mother-of-the-bride fascinator

Fascinator detail

Fascinator detail

Fascinator for a Saint Patrick’s Day Wedding

A customer called with a special request for a fascinator to wear to an Irish wedding on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a small wedding of less than 50 people and the bride’s wish was that the women wear fascinators. Here’s what we created to go with her little black dress. The teal beautifully highlights her blue eyes and blonde hair. And she requested a little extra bling that came in the form of a large vintage rhinestone button in the center of the flower as well as some randomly placed crystal rhinestones. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

 

Teal and black fascinator

 

Custom Bridal Headpieces

It’s so much fun to be part of a wedding celebration. I’m particularly pleased that I’ve had the opportunity to work with brides who have brought in their grandmother’s headpiece to modernize and make theirs. We removed the traditional long veil from this sweet, handmade circular headpiece and added a fabulous birdcage veil that I fabricated with vintage netting. The results couldn’t have been more perfect for this lovely bride.

Vintage Bridal Headpiece Modernized