First, you take about thirty vintage hats and fascinators.
Next, you put them in some fabulous antique hat boxes (stack the hats thusly, please):
Then, you give them all to ME!
Me? Did someone say….ME? Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.*
Anyone who knows me really well can spot two of the most special people in the world gracing the outer edges of that picture above.
Seriously, though, how amazing are these boxes? I want to live in a time where items are crafted this well out of materials that AREN’T plastic.
This Stetson box had an inner structure to support a top hat, but it was so worn the actual box didn’t quite survive.
I’ll take time to photograph the hats better in the future, but here are a few I hung up in my studio. Several of them were too perfect to alter, so they’re in my dressing room awaiting a wearing. The rest are a bit worn/tired, and just begging to be embellished/repaired.
This little number I call “Blue Haze”. It consists of a simple navy cap swathed in a cloud of blue veiling and white flowers.
Judging by the hand stitching over the tag, I’m guessing this hat was a homemade creation, embellished post-purchase. Discoveries like this make me feel closer to some woman I never knew. DIY at its finest.
A simple black cap:
A green bow fascinator! Perfect for a wedding…I may taxiderm it up and add it to my Bridal collection.
A cream fascinator with white florals. This ones a doozy! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve done with it.
There were some veils in the bunch as well. More for the Bridal collection….
Also, sorry these pictures aren’t so great. It’s clear to me I need to invest in some new display heads.
Here is a darling little black veil with white silk flowers on top! I almost love it the way it is too much to change it…..almost.
These roses! J’ADORE!
Here’s another veil, off-white with some red roses. A little worse for the wear, but I love the idea.
I call this one the muppet poof. It’s already been switched up a bit; another potential Bridal piece in the works.
This is a simple black velvet wire base fascinator:
And another, non velvet….
I’ve been having a very exciting morning pairing natural/animal elements with these vintage pieces and everyone is getting along swimmingly. Updates coming soon!
*a reference to one of my favorite videos:
A HUGE thank you to my mother, and her pal Carol, without whom this well of inspiration would not have happened for me. XOXOXO!