This is the first ‘proper’ piece of millinery that I ever made, from back in 1998. I’d been experimenting for a while, but the first year of my costume degree at Wimbledon School of Art included a millinery module.
My millinery teacher was Sean Barrett, you’ll have seen his work on stage and in many films. One of his finest pieces of work was Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter top hat!
Anyway, this little cocktail hat was blocked in millinery net, trimmed & wired. I’ve covered it in a taffeta, which judging by the fact it has been melted at some point, is synthetic. It’s designed to look like a leaf, and has a few beaded ladybirds, a caterpillar, a dragonfly and a butterfly. I’m pretty sure the red ladybird beads came from @tazbites! .
I only found this again recently when sorting out boxes at Prawn’s. so glad I did. I reminds me how much I’ve learnt and how@much I know, but also how I’m better than I think I am. Most things I make generally have me thinking I could have done better, but with a step away and some distance I realise that I’m not as bad at this millinery as I sometimes think!
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