Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Hat Fit for the Queen

I've just entered one of my hat designs in a Talenthouse competition hosted by Dillion Wallwork and HATalk e-magazine.  Milliners from around the world were invited to create hats inspired by the Queen of England and her Diamond Jubilee.  The hats can be seen from May 4th - 11th and viewers can vote for their favorite to help the design receive special consideration by the judges.

My entry was inpired by the Crown Jewels...and the Imperial State Crown in particular.  I used elements from the Royal Collection to create a modern day tiara-styled cocktail hat that could be worn while celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  I made everything by hand...from the wire frame supporting the hat to the crystal brooch and hat pin I used as trim...and it required a lot of hand-sewing to assemble it.

I chose a beautiful royal blue/purple silk velvet to create the coils of the headpiece as well as the velvet feather...I played with the edges to create a feathery appearance as I often do in my designs.  I hand-dyed the veil slightly lighter than the velvet so the tiny details in the fabric and trim could still be seen and I swirled the veil to create a crown-like effect.  Then, I made the cross pattee brooch and royal septre hat pin by wrapping and weaving swarovski and vintage crystals with sterling wire.

The design is secured on the head with small hair combs and can be worn in many ways...tilted back on the head like a traditional tiara or tilted more to the front or one side of the head. Here are some other views:

My submission is now available for viewing on the Talenthouse website and I would be so grateful if you voted for it!  Voting opens on May 4th and continues through the 11th.  Here is the link:

always remember that life is a journey...
it really doesn't matter where you're going
just make sure you're wearing a hat when you get there!

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