Friday, March 25, 2011


 Today I would like to introduce you to one of my newest hats I designed in my Atelier named "Carmen". Created out of silk french veils and hand made silk rose. She is inspired by one of my most favorite Operas written by Georges Bizet. I very well may be a subject for consideration to be in the Guinness World Records since I have went to see opera "Carmen" over 20 times and know it by heart + countless times to see ballet "Carmen."
 The passion and tragedy of the story of Carmen never fails to capture my imagination.The story itself is set in  the beautiful Seville, Spain in.1820. It is a story of Carmen, a beautiful Gypsy with a fiery temper. Her freedom to love anyone that she chooses captures the heart of corporal Don José, an inexperienced soldier.
 Carmen's passionate relationship with Don Jose leads to not only rejection of his former love, but also conspiracy against his superior. In the end, when she leaves him for the bullfighter named Escamillo, Don Jose murders Carmen...
Beyond the story itself , the inspiration for this hat came  from the movements of Flamenco which is a native dance to several regions of Southern Spain with its incredible  movements, rhythm and rich pallets of voluminous costumes - I can watch it for hours!:-)
With that, I am wishing you wonderful weekend. I am still very sick with the flue and  will spend my weekend trying to recover. The most difficult thing for me is not to be able to be with my hats and not to be able to come to my Atelier. For the first time in a very long time I am really looking forward to Monday!:-)


David Toms said...

Wonderful images of Carmen, and the hat captures the mood completely. 20 times Anya! This really is a favourite. Next week am doing a rose inspired post which you will love!
Have a great weekend!

Little Rus said...

This hat is a striking beauty, isn't she? I wish I could see it on somebody...
Anya, please give yourself plenty of time to recover and rest, your body obviously needs it badly. Your hats will understand, I am sure.
Take care and have a relaxing weekend!


Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

As always, a very beautiful hat Anya. Rest and take care of yourself.

Haute World said...

My dear, I wish you (and your daughter) a quick recovery! Nothing worse than being stuck in the house with the flu when you'd rather be working or outside!

'Carmen' is one of my favorite operas as well. What a wonderful tribute you made with this incredible masterpiece of yours! I love all the details... the rose as well as the backdrop of the black lace captures the spirit of Carmen and movement of flamenco so well! Wishing you a lovely weekend (despite the illness) :)

Jan said...

And I haven't seen it once.
Beautiful creation (as always)
Hope you're feeling better soon.

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Dear,dear Anya!

Your ´´Carmen´´hat is exellent,perfect and so fantastic nice!!!
Since my childhood I am passionate with this story...very much passion for her temperamentful dances and costumes!
And the music of J.Bise maked it absolutely unforgetteble personality of Carmen!!!

Your new created wonderul hat,dearest Anya brings me inside in an fantastic world,ful of mistery,passion and beauty!

Be careful.dear Anya,rest good and think please about yourself,my wonderful friend!!!

Much Love to you,

lorenabr said...

Have a good rest my dear looks like your body needs it!
Beautiful inspiration Carmen! Lovely images and the design is wonderful!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anya,

So sorry to hear that you have the flu and a sore throat. Do hope that you can spend the weekend, relaxing, so you feel better.
Love the Carmen hat you have designed with the pretty rose and the black lace work.

Enjoy the weekend

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...


This hat is so beautiful and unique. . . unlike any hat I have ever seen! There is something incredibly elegant and regal about it, just stunning! I love your inspiration for behind this beauty and I am utterly intrigued to see this opera now. Your handmade silk rose is perfection, never do I cease to be mezmerised by your work!

I'm so sorry that you are sick, and I hope that you are much better very soon! Take care of yourself and wishing you a very speedy recovery!

much love,
PS. I thought you might like my recent post because I decided to wear a Spring-inspired hat...although it is not handmade and therefore will be replaced someday by a custom-Anya hat I hope! (or 5 or 30 :)

Carmen said...

Maravilloso sombrero ¡¡¡¡
Felicidades, es usted una artita de la sombrereria.
Es una casualidad, yo me llamo Carmen y vivo en Sevilla.

Kat said...

i really hope you're feeling well soon :)

of course i know there's an opera called "carmen", but i didn't quite know the story. it sounds so tragic, i have to watch it someday!

your carmen inspired hat fits perfectly to the carmen mood, full of fire and passion :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Another absolutely awe-inspiring creation, Anya! So beautifully passionate! I hope you got lots of rest and drank lots of juice and crossed the line into recovery land and are able to enjoy a fresh new start to the week at your Atelier! Sending you positive thoughts and best wishes for a complete recovery very soon!!! xo

melissa said...

Your blog is my treat after a long day of work. Thank you for taking the time to inspire us all. You are amazing. I am wishing you well along with a quick recovery.

Angie Muresan said...

This is one of the prettiest, most feminine hats I have seen. I absolutely adore it!
I hope that you are feeling better by now, and that the flu is all gone.

Elekon said...

absolutely stunning creation! love the post too!