Friday, September 2, 2011

Summer Filled With Hats :-). Advanced Millinery Courses And My Extraordinary Students.

Several months ago, when I have announced  that I am launching Advance Millinery Courses, I could never EVER imagine what a wonderful journey it will turn out to be. I could never EVER imagine that it would be possible to meet so many truly extraordinary, talented, beautiful people without actually living my Atelier. If I would not know any better, I would think that this past Summer was one long, wonderful hat-filled dream. :-) And so, it is my great privilege, with the permission of my students to share with you some of the hats and production moments from this past Summer.
 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...


Stilettostetico said...

WOow Chère Anya this multi-faceted florilege (stunningly) achieves to betray your altruism's (upper) fructiferous virtues, AND I must say that I (especially, BUT not Only) like Erica's silk pill box § Fielden's red velvet turban, their high content of uncluttered Exquisiteness . . .
ps: Deeply glad you're "cyber back" Dear !!!

à Bientôt, Antoine

Insomnia said...

I can't believe my eyes, so many beautiful creations. What I wouldn't give to take some lessons from you. It's such a special thing to learn!

I'm absolutely in love with the blue pill box with that ostrich feather.

Dustjacket Attic said...

I'm so happy your summer was so amazing darling!

Congratulations to each of your students, it was a joy to see all of their hard work result in such beautiful creations!

Well Done!
xxx DJ

Dandy said...

Absolutely beautiful! You and your students are inspiring me this morning! Thank you. What a great gift you give to the world when you teach. :) I can see the joy and feel your love for your students, and the hats they made are absolutely amazing!! Worthy of Vogue.

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Oh,my Godness.................Dearest Anya!!!

Your post tooks my breath away and very proud feelings gives me too about your talent:-)*Because you get a students wat you as teacher deserve!
But one man can bring more creative ideas than any other and one person can be expressed more! And this is one big talent HOW do you do with your students,HOW,HOW,HOW.......

I am totally impressed about creations of your students,dear,dear Anya!!!
Fabulous,inspirational and very nice work:-)))*

Eliane's ''Blue fairytale'' makes me SO dreamy, and Erica's ''White Magnolia''...oh,so,so fabulous!!!
Lace turban by TJ- is awesome work too!
Truly,dear Anya this is very difficult to saing precise what is mostly impressive creation.............They are SO different and SO special,each of them:-)))*
So!!!And behind of all these beauties,
I choose for one fascinated ''Red Sencation''by Fielden from Ierland!

I am so happy,Anya that I can be part of your readers:-)*
I get an opportunity to see all of your creativity and inspirational moments of your life!!!

Much Love and virtual warm hugs to you,

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Anya,
I am so proud of you for how you share your creativity in so many ways: first, with your very own creations and then with how you have lead and taught your students to develop their own marvelous creations!
Your students' pieces are just wonderful!

Biggest hugs to you!


Jan said...

Dear Anya
This is my second visit to this
fab post - marvellous creations,
and all so different.
Lucky students having you for
a teacher.
November will be here before we
know it!
love & thank you for your supportive comment.

Fielden Willmott said...

Anya, I'm sitting here in union square with tears rolling down my cheeks - my adventure is not yet quite over, but as the most exciting chapter has closed, I want to thank you so much for helping me to find my way so that my drive to create beauty is taking me in a clear direction and not smoldering in a lost darkness. You have deeply touched my life as well and I am so very grateful for the gift of knowledge that you have given me! Much love, see you again soon!! XOXO

Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

Congratulation Anya. I knew you would make a great millinery instructor. Although very different, I can see you in your students' work. You should be proud.

Diego R. Wyatt said...

These are incredible...I love Fielden and Elaine's designs especially.


HailesHeartsFashion said...

Some really interesting and beautiful hats here, I have always wondered whether to go into Hat design or something with it, but never really knew how to approach it. great post and blog :) I am now a follower!

Hailes <3

Maggi said...

These hats are gorgeous! Your students are so lucky to have gotten a chance to work with you!

Toot is becoming a hat addict like her mommy, lol.

Lauren said...

Wow--so many of those hats I would wear in a heartbeat as well! They must have had a good teacher! (-:

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Amazing! I am not sure how I found you, but I am a hat/shoe freak who once cried in order to get my special large pink and orange hat from Printemps on the flight from Paris... it worked!

What a wonderful talent paired with an ability to teach!


Love Accents Couture Millinery said...

Dearest Anya, Breathtakenly beautiful...everything! You have created an enviroment that commands creativity and beauty! Congradulations and well done my dear. Thanks for stopping by my site. Changed and published my post after seeing your comments???? Would you be so kind to "resent"? Your's are very inspirazional!!! Regards,Kirsten

Karena said...

Your student are a testament to your skills, my dear.

I adore the cobalt blue hat! Is it for sale?

Co Come and enter my Fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce.


Art by Karena

Kate said...

Wow these are all incredible, I can't choose a favourite!

Pratishtha Durga said...

Anya, you bring SO much into people's lives. It's an amazing feeling being in a position to bring out so much creativity in young individuals, giving them an outlet for their dreams. I love your students' work, and I am sure that they look back at their time with you very fondly.

So good to have to back and blogging again. Take care.

naive artiste said...

My dearest Anya,
Your naive artiste has been missing you very very much. Since I got home I have continued to practive all the great techniques you have taught me. I have started my first bridalcollection (slowly but surely.)Everyday I hear your sweet voice in the back of my head. With every design, every stitch, and every redo I think of you and miss your guidance. Have fun this week and know how GREAT you are! I will contiune to be in touch. love u! your naive artiste.

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Dear Karena, thank you for your wonderful comment and kind words. I have made several attempts to leave comment in your Blog, but each time the page would lock. Unfortunately, I do not think that the hat you are refering to is for sale.:-))) Thank you for your interest and support!

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

My darling Naive Artiste, I am so happy you stopped by to visit me. :-) I have been thinking about you a lot. I always smile at the memory of having you with me this Summer - your beautiful vase is a reminder of your presence. I put a little vintage bouquet of violets in it - so beautiful!!! I can not wait to see your new designs and, please, know that you have all that it takes!Sending you many kind wishes!

Maja said...

Wow, that are some truly divine hats! Love them all, your students seems to have had a really good teacher! ;) I do wish to come to NY some year soon and study with you! :D