Thursday, November 19, 2015

"Titania. Queen Of The Fairies." hat. "Balthazar" SS2016 Collection.

 Another hat of my new "Balthazar" Ss2016 Collection is titled "Titania. Queen Of The Fairies". Probably safe to say that "Tiatania", despite its light and airy look, was one of the most challenging hats to work on due to the shier size volume of it. Any time you work with the size like this one, you are risking to loose proportions and so "Titania'' demanded every bit of attention she could possibly get. The result is in front of you although I have to say that in person the "Titania" is even more beautiful. During our presentation at "TRANOI" it was "Titania" who managed to stop the crowd in its tracks, even those who had very little interest in Millinery seemed to be hypnotized by the beauty of "Titania".
 Originally, "Titania" is a character in William Shakespeare's play titled "A Midsummer's Night Dream". Last year I created "Midsummer's Night Dream" edition of couture hats simply because I felt the need to transcend the beauty of Shakespeare's written word into Millinery creations. The creation of the hat inspired by Titania character had to be put aside - at the time I had very vague idea of how "Titania" should look like. I knew it had to be something dramatic, incredibly romantic and infused with light. Well, in my line of work some hat ideas take significant incubation time to develop. In case of  Shakespeare's influence in literature, "Titania" became a universal term for any Queen Of Fairies characters in many different plays, fairy tales and novels. This is despite the fact that in traditional folklore Fairy Queens usually have no names. Shakespeare himself took the name Titania from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" where it is an appellation given to the daughters of Tiatans.
 And so here you have it. Styled by yours truly and photographed by Ed Hafizov. The largest and the most romantic hat I ever worked on. :-)


4 comments:

Tracy | Millinery Treasures said...

Glad to see your beautiful hat Anya. Brava

Rhonda Buss said...

Just amazing!

VM Creation Atelier said...

One of my favorite romantic creations of you,dearest Anya!.....
Adorable oversized hat!!!
LOVE fabric and the color and those incredibly romantic mood here in your "Titania" hat!
I think indeed directly about the time of Shakespeare and drama and LOVE..........
Wish you beautiful weekend,wonderful Anya!:)))
Xx,
V.

William Braylen said...

Do You Believe in Fairies? Red, spotted mushrooms, trees with alcoves, fireflies, a dim green woodland, these are only a couple of things that strike a chord when considering pixies. We frequently picture them to be greatly little, winged, and delightful. Frequently, Shakespeare's pixies ring a bell with names such as mustard seed and Oberon. Folkloric fairy queen