The entire "Midsummer's Dream Night" addition to my "Ghost Gardens" Collection has been nothing but a joy to work with. Each hat designed for this addition presented not only a significant technical challenge but also became a result of a very strong inspiration influence. Each hat of the "Ghost Gardens" is my favorite hat including the "Awake" hat I am debuting today on my Blog. The entire series had me dreaming about hats that would awake ones glamorous fantasy, that moment when you left breathless out of appreciation of shier beauty.
I am asked many times over why not to post the process of the creation of the hat from the beginning to end. I am told people would love to see how it all works. Maybe one day I will, but for now I strongly believe that revealing the process of creation is almost like showing a lady who is always very cautious of her appearances without make up and hair done. For me the creation of the hat is always a very intimate process, a process when technical moments, often very unattractive in nature, are capable of destroying the perception of what final result should be. No one needs to know the mechanics of fantasy: it must look effortless, chic, carefree. I often tell my students that the final vision of the hat emerges only in the last 5% of production. Until then it is endless stitching, demanding wire work, shreds of fabric and feathers, damaged fingers... Well, lets just say I am not brave enough yet to show up-close and in detail the very intimate process of the creation of the hat.
I will repeat once and again: I am incredibly proud of my work. Looking back at my very first post on this Blog dating almost 6 years now, I feel I have come a long way both when it comes to my technical range to the way I style my photo shoots and present my Collection. It is a labor of blood, sweat, tears and love. The formula that works best for me. This and the fact that I have incredible team of people working by my side to secure the result. This series of images have been styled by me, photographed by the phenomenal Ed Hafizov, make-up by Roshar. Wishing everyone great week ahead. I, for once, completely lost sense of time and have been submerged into production routing for weeks now. There are few fantastic projects in works and I am looking forward to sharing them with you very soon. :-)