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The torrents of Spring/Summer

Oooh, it’s been a while.

But with summer nearly here, I thought some couture inspiration from the shows back in October last year to be essential viewing…

First, of course, is still-head-designer-less-but-rumour-heavy Christian Dior, for the headwear in the collection is nothing short of magnificent. We are particular fans of the following:

Christian Dior couture Spring/Summer 2011

Nobody does etherial elegance like Dior. Some examples are these elegant but fierce headpieces, using silk and feathers.

Christian Dior couture, Spring/Summer 2011

Christian Dior couture, Spring/Summer 2011

The Chanel show was stunning, despite the sad lack of headwear.

But Givenchy and Jean Paul Gautier more than made up for it, with these beauties – note the nod towards ‘hair-as-hats’ or hair art going on in JPG. Fabulous.

Hair or hat? Jean Paul Gautier couture, Spring/Summer 2011

Jean Paul Gautier couture, Spring/Summer 2011

Definitely hat. Givenchy couture, Spring/Summer 2011

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*Photos by no means my own, courtesy of style.com x

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To be a milliner

Ooooh, so after months of dilly-dallying, endless internet surfing, and scenes of Coco Chanel trimming hats in Coco avant Chanel running through my mind over and over again, I finally… FINALLY decided to book my first millinery class.

And not just any millinery class. Not for me the local community classes, no.

Daunted by the number of classes offered at local fashion colleges, I had to really think about what I aim to achieve. And I know it’s not making ‘fascinating fascinators’. No, I want to learn couture.

Haute couture is about skill and craftsmanship; creating art using the best of everything – expert skills and the highest quality of materials. You wouldn’t attempt a couture gown in an afternoon sewing session, so how could a traditional art like millinery be any different? No, I decided to learn from the best and here I will describe my experience on the way to being a couture milliner (fingers crossed), detailing every blistered finger, wonky brim, disappointing trim along the way.

As an art, millinery is very secretive. I’d love it if you participated on this blog, shared your own information if you are or aspire to be a milliner, or if you asked your own questions on the field that I’ll do my best to answer.

Enjoy. x

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