Friday, October 12, 2012

The Second Life Of Legendary Hats. Time Travelers.

I have wrote many times about different sources of inspiration before, but one especially remains separate from everything else: the legendary millinery creations that have been designed before. I often come across black and white images of the well known designs and wish that they would , somehow, be still present today. It is very easy to get inspired by the beauty of the past: sometimes the design of the past is so beautiful that one simply wants to give her a second life with minor alterations to the design, of course. In part, I know it is true for me, when I attempt to recreate one of the legendary creations of the past, I wonder if I have enough ability in my hands to do it..So, today I am posting about the second life of millinery legends. The one above was created in 1954 by Henry Clarke for Balenciaga.
While the original was long gone, phenomenal Stephen Jones gave this hat the second life. As you can see, it is still relevant today: so elegant, so chic with only one difference: back than nobody would object to fur.
It was believed all along that Philip Treacy was the one who invented the famous "Lobster" hat, but in fact the idea was photographed in 1932, I am not entirely sure if the original was design by Elsa Schiaparelly (big question here), but the "Lobster" hat since became a legend and now enjoys it's second life in many different variations.
Here you see late Isabella Blow wearing a Lobster hat created for her by Philip Treacy.
Lady Gaga also wore a similar version of the "Lobster" hat created by Philip Treacy.
In my opinion, the best version of the hat was created for Dior Haute Couture by Galliano with deviation  from the original design - Lobster Tail. I love the color and rich embroidery of the hat. :-)
Than there was this magnificent hat created by Elsa Schiaparelly in 1949. The name of the hat was "Satin Rouge". Brilliant Ellen Christine gave it a second life.
And it landed on the cover of Italian Vogue and it is as stylish and relevant today as it was back in 1949.
When I was commissioned by Vogue Mexico to create a hat inspired by the past masters of millinery, I immediately decided to go with the hat created by Frank Horvat for Givenchy. It is one of the most favorite vintage designs on my inspiration board: so much grace and beauty. 
I gave the second life to the hat and it was photographed for one of the editorials in Vogue Mexico in 2010.
This famous hat is also a legend, created by Cecil Beaton, it is a s famous as Audrey Hepburn herself.
Mr. Jones was the one to give this delicate creature it's second life. And, again, it is as in Vogue today as it was back then. :-)
Another legendary hat, the embodiment of Hepburn's Style now became not only a legend but a name of the shape in millinery. When the customer says "Audrey Hepburn style, please" chances are this hat is exactly what she has in mind.
One of my favorite versions of the hat was created by Stephen Jones back in 2010. I actually blocked this beauty while apprenticing with Stephen in his Atelier. :-)
Once again, very Avant-garde hat created by Elsa Schiaparelly. I see it now recreated by so many different designers. Just yesterday I ran into a version of it in the jeweled version of it by Erickson Beamon.
But I still think that Stephen Jones gave it the most beautiful second life with a gold spin when he created this "Fashion Pate" hat for his 2012 Collection.
Everyone knows the legendary Shoe hat by Elsa Schiaparelly. The Queen of all hats of the 20th Century. 
The second life to this hat was given by Mr. Jones and Manolo Blahnik who joined their efforts into giving it an entire new identity.
This s also one of my all time favorite designs created by Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Haute Couture. Simply stunning! When I was preparing my portfolio for Stephen Jones in hopes for the apprenticeship,
I made sure to include my version of the Painter's Pallet hat. I created  it back in 2008 and named it "Tribute to Stephen Jones", since he was always an inspiration in my millinery life. The rest is history, but I think Mr.Jones loved my version enough to grant me an apprenticeship in his Atelier. :-)

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