Usually I never ever reveal the images of the production process but today I have decided to make an exception and give you a sneak peek into creation of one very special hat - "Faberge". Inspired by the House Of Romanoffs and the glory of the Russian Imperial Court before the Revolution of 1917. Extensive research went onto creation of this hat, starting from reading almost the entire encyclopedia on the history of Faberge.
Once I drew preliminary drawings of the Hat and had a clear idea on direction, I started to design the block , which took me almost 2 weeks to complete simply because I wanted to make sure that the proportions are exactly how I need them to be. I then sent my drawings and calculations to Britain and three weeks later I have received the box with the most beautiful hat block I have ever seen ( you will have a chance to see the block in the documentary which will be released in the Fall). From that point on, I spent more days than I can remember on finalizing the exterior details of the hat. Trying different approaches: gold embroidery, beading, gold lace, carefully measuring and creating medallions (the process you see here), changing location of the elements on the body of "Faberge", adding new elements... I completely lost myself in this hat. :-)You would have to wait until this Friday to meet "Faberge" :-)
Another thing I never ever do is releasing the designs for the new Collection before the entire Collection is completed. This time is very different. "Faberge" along with another three hats will be presented at The Russian Nobility Ball in May and it means you will get to meet all three much sooner. :-)
Such an incredible honour to be personally invited to present several hats during the Russian Spring Ball organised by Russian Nobility Association under the Royal Patronage of Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, under the gracious patronage of Prince and Princess Nicholas Romanoff, Prince and Princess Dimitry Romanoff, Prince and Princess Andrew Romanoff, Princess Nikita Romanoff, Princess Alexander Romanoff, at The Pierre Hotel in New York.. Not only an honour but I feel like it is almost a homecoming to me in a sense. I look back at my very first post, dated June 3rd of 2009 (right here) with which I started this Blog and realize that I am now at the gate of the House that once inspired me to become what I am today. A Modiste.