Pretty as a picture.

POSTED 08 June 2012

I was looking at some facsimile copies of Modern Screen from the 1930’s a couple of weeks ago and how wonderful are the hats! And the descriptions make them sound so good too, ‘ a hat in ochre straw with a crushed raspberry silk bow’ sits jauntily on Joan Blondells head , whilst ‘rough white felt with a wide brim in corsair blue’ looks wonderful on Greta Garbo. Delicious! Best of all are the picture hats, a style that creates instant 1930’s Hollywood glamour. Who is peeking out behind that large brim – Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow?

The photo is of me in the studio making a glorious picture hat in pale grey parisisal straw.  Parisisal is a fine, high quality natural straw made from sisal in a two over two weave and then dyed to colour. It’s used for high quality hats as it is both delicate and extremely resistant to wear. My client had wanted a hat that was away from her face and didn’t cover her eyes but made an elegant impact. She had brought to the studio, as most of my clients do, swatches of her dress fabric for a family wedding and so I was able to match exactly the colour and she was delighted with the finished hat when she collected it last week.

We have lots of exciting magazine features and mentions of our millinery coming up soon. I’ll blog about it all next week. Have a wonderful weekend!