Brilliant trip to London for launch parties of The MillinerXArtisan exhibition & The Cupola international hat exhibitions to mark London Hat Week.
A full week in London from Oct 6 - 13th saw me attend the launch parties and see my pieces Weft, Heald Wires, and le recyclage displayed in dramatic settings; attend the book launch for Stephen Jones latest and hear him interviewed by Hiliary Alexander; attend trade fairs, workshops and fit in lots of networking with old and new friends, and lots of milliners of course! A brilliant week and managed to take in Undressed at the V&A, too!!
Thank heaven's for a great AirBnB. What a week! Wow - came home for a rest!
I was delighted when I was contacted by Erica who needed a headpiece to co-ordinate with her lovely Whistles shift dress featuring passion flowers on inky black silk. Erica asked me to up-cycle a department store fascinator she already had, to reflect her new outfit.
Here's the end result!
Here's the original department store piece - prior to being taken apart and completely remodelled.
As you can see a complete transformation has taken place! Remodelling an existing piece can often, depending on the base materials, provide a workable basis for a new couture headpiece. However any piece will need careful deconstruction and then sensitive use of (often) vintage materials, along with new techniques and additional materials to achieve that completely new look. Commissioning an upcycling piece is wonderful use of a headpiece you still love but one which is now in need of a contemporary take. Please contact me if you are interested in up-cycling one of your much loved vintage pieces!
Here's Erica wearing her lovely outfit and passionflower inspired headpiece.