Over 90 hats were created over the period of three Sessions in my Atelier. 70% of students were at the "beginner" level, some never stitched or even held needle in their hands prior to coming to study with me from all corners of the USA and from overseas. I have chose to work with the finest fabrics and materials understanding all too well how difficult it is to see the beauty of the final design during the demanding and difficult production process. I am so very proud of every one of you ( I know you all are reading) and so very grateful and thankful that you have trusted me with introduction to the secrets of Millinery Art.
Lana (Austin,Texas)- in translation from Vietnamese Lana means "diamond orchid": so very talented, so uniquely creative, she studied Millinery prior to studding with me and showed amazing results upon completion of the Course. Here she is trying one of her almost finished hats. :-)
Another one of Lana's beautiful hats created during our Class. On of my personal favorites too. :-)
Lana will also be one of my models presenting my new Collection at Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
This is one of the hats created by beautiful Elaine (Florida). Elaine, I miss you so very much. You have brought so much light into my life and every hat that you have created is a reflection of that beauty. I am smiling right now!:-)
This complex fascinator was created by Elaina out of hand painted Italian silk, hand painted flowers, feathers and perfume doll.:-) Inredible work!
This treasure of the hat was created by my darling Natalie (New York). Natalie has never created hats before coming to study with me. I know, it is hard to believe by looking at the level of accomplishment in just few short weeks.
Natalie, I know you are reading it and I want you to know that I am so very, very proud of how far you have come! :-)
Here is another fantastic hat created by Natalie. The memory of this hat makes me smile endlessly. She has a spirit of Natalie!:-)
This precious little silk pill box hat was created by Erica: beautiful girl with a kind heart from Oklahoma. Erica, I hope you are working on everything I have taught you and I can not wait to see your amazing creations very soon!
This is another one of my personal favorites: cube hat created by Elaina (Florida) and embellished with so many different tiny details, it is hard to believe that this hat was only one of 5 that Elaina was able to complete. Fantastic work!
This beautiful Sapphire velvet "leaf" hat was created also by Erica. So delicate and so tough to create :-)
This are beautiful materials we have selected for the complex fascinator created by wonderful Alicia (New York) - a true lady full of grace, beauty, kindness and wisdom. This hat was one of the very first introductions for Alicia to the Millinery Ar. Look at this amazing result! I hope to see you soon again, darling Alicia!:-)
Here you see Alicia's fascinator completed and ready to be worn :-)
Lana is trying one of her hats before putting final touches to the exterior of the hat. Fantastic bucket cloche, so very chic!
French veiling, pearls and Sapphire blue velour felt made magnificent combination for Alicia's cloche. Here you see a fragment of it in production stage.
Another fabulous hat created by Alicia is elegant boater with tulle-wrapped large pearls. I would wear in in a heart bit!
One of the first hats created by Lana in Class. :-)
An ultimate hat girl, Lana is trying on one of Alicia's designs. Absolutely breathtaking white hat created out of silk. This hat became Alicia's final project for the Session.
Lace turban - one of the most unique hats created by TJ - delightful, full of big ideas, creative and very talented young students from FIT, New York. Challenging design that almost caused meltdown of sorts, but oh, so beautiful!
TJ, if you are reading this, I know I will see you soon. I am so damn proud of you and can not wait to see your Fashion Show really soon!
This hat was also created by TJ - structured pill box, encrusted with pearls. I wonder who will be the lucky lady to wear it...:-)
One more hat created by TJ. Out of this world beautiful fantasy with attention to every little detail !:-)
This little pink number's name is "Mimi" and it was created by unbelievable beauty Caz who came to study all the way from Australia. Very challenging hat full of technical tricks. The result is worth every second of hard work!
This hat reminds me of the dolls by Lanvin. I am so very proud of you, Caz, for going through with completing every last stitch! Not only that, but completing entire Session despite Earthquake, Hurricane Irene, urgent evacuation to the Red Cross Shelter and absence of the electrical power for the past several days. You are one tough Ossie. :-)))
This complex fascinator was created by Fielden, a beautiful girl with a spirit of a wind and a beauty of Ireland. I am so very lucky to be able to have you in my life!
Fielden went on creating 6 beautiful hats, one of which was under the production even after mandatory evacuation due to the Hurricane Irene. I will never forget the site of Fielden's raspberry fedora she was working on against the background of Red Cross Shelter's chaos. You have touched my heart in a ways you will never know.Thank you.
Here are another two fantastic hats by Fielden: delicious red velvet turban and chic little cocktail hat.
Some of my students chose to shy away from the eye of the camera and I have promised to respect their privacy. :-) It has been such a pleasure to be a teacher to every one of them and I am looking forward to seeing some of my students back for November Session. For the 3 long Summer months my Atelier has been transformed by the tornado of exhilarating, creative experiences, massive amounts of colorful fabrics , laughter and divine hats. As I am moving on into September with all the frenzy of the upcoming Global Fashion Weeks, it feels empty now...