Millinery is the designing and production of hats and headwear. This course explores the design and creation of three different pieces with three very different styles. The first hat created was the sewn hat. This hat was inspired by a summertime vacation style. This hat was created for a young woman with a casual yet still stylish look. It could be worn out during the day or worn on the beach. The hat was first created in paper to ensure the right size and style would result. This also allows for the creation of the three main pattern pieces of the sewn hat; the crown, the side band and the brim. Denim was used for this sun hat to display the casual look but the flower was added on the side to make it more interesting.
The second hat created was the felt hat, which was inspired by the 1920s cloche hat. This hat was created through the blocking of felt using water, steam, and hat blocks. When the felt is wet and heated enough it becomes malleable and can be pulled over the hat block into the desired shape. Cloche means “bell” in French, which is translated in the deep, round shape of the hat. “Celebrity Style” is the theme of this hat, therefore ribbons and trims were used to decorate the hat and reflect the cloche hats actresses wore in the past.
The last hat made is called a fascinator hat. The theme of this hat is bridal. This fascinator is a small elegant hat that could be worn by a bride on her wedding day. The base of the hat was made out of buckram that was blocked into the little circular shape. The fascinator was decorated with a white silk, embroidered with little flowers and pearls. Then the tulle and feathers were added on top, sticking to the classic bridal white. A little comb is attached on the inside of the hat, which allows the fascinator to sit in the bride’s hair and appear magically perched on her head.