Taking great concern of the weight issue in consideration I decided to try something extremely unusual - to make an attempt to construct the Chinese Opera Headdress operating Couture Millinery Techniques. Every year Metropolitan Museum Of Art holds a very special highly publicized exhibition focused on one specific theme in Fashion. When it was first announced that this year's Exhibition will be dedicated to Chinese influence in fashion, I though that it would be a great idea to celebrate the opening of the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Exhibit by creating a hat that I have been wanting to create for such a long time.
And so this is how the "Dancing Dragon" head dress came to life. It has been designed and created by me in my Millinery Atelier here in New-York. Just like all of my hats, "Dancing Dragon" hat was created entirely by hand to the highest standard of Couture Millinery. It took 7 weeks of production time. It features hundreds of Swarovski crystals throughout the surface of the hat. It took over 50 yards of foiled cord to create hand embroidery. 1, 600 yards of pure silk thread were used to create side tassels on the side wings mounted to the hat. Two complicated hard wear attachments were created so that the core of the hat could sustain "side wings" extensions on each side. Very specific types of pom-poms which, as some of you may know, are the focal point of Chinese opera head gear, have been recreated from boars hair and hand dyed first in ruby and than in fuchsia. This combination was applied to secure a perfect, very rich shade of deep Cardinal Red color. Very intricate spiral wire extensions have been created to hold oversized pearls suspended in the air. The "roof" of the hat has been designed to immolate the outline of Chinese pagoda roof tops. And, of course, golden dragon figure has been placed on top of the roof of the hat. The Dragon is holding a "pearl of wisdom" as a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. Every production stage for "Dancing Dragon" head piece has been an experience. I don't think I will ever be able to express tremendous joy I felt once it was finished. :-) "China: Through The Looking Glass" Exhibit will open on May 7th of 2015 in Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you are in New-York I strongly recommend to visit. China has always been and still remains one of the most referred to artistic inspirations for many designers, including yours truly. :-)