Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Drop of a Hat

This post is dedicated to my newly found millinery inspiration

Rebecca Coffee

 What I find so striking about the first image is the clear links to Ethiopian culture as I was immediately put in mind of the tribal headdresses of the Omo Valley, as taken by Hans Silvester.

James Faulkner

The interesting yet controversial material of road kill in millinery.

Loren Anthony James-Wood

With a strong avian influence, this millinery style is a nod to the 'plume boom' where many birds were used whole in the making of hats.


These two images headdresses/hats are both formed from coconut, the first of unknown origin and the other from Rarotonga, Cook Islands. I found them whilst sourcing imagery for my coconut collage for Art School Disco, finding the shapes and use of material particularly inspiring.

Noel Stewart

I think the success of Stewart's designs at such sizes is what appeals to me the most, that and the use of mussels in the headpiece below is genius! 

Whole birds

These images are from tumblr so I have no idea where they originally came from, though they are a great demonstration of the fad that was stuffing and attaching whole birds.

Piers Atkinson

 I've found that the right combination of the exotic, the fun, the alluring combined with a varnish of professionalism is apparent in Atkinson's work. Another vast array of of materials from which to draw inspiration from.

Ashley Lloyd

The macabre work of Ashley Lloyd is extremely in tune with my personal taste. Shrouded in mystery and shamanic influences, Lloyd uses materials that allow the hat to become one step further than an accessory towards an apparent human/animal mutation.

Riitta Ikonen

Though Ikonen's imagery is not entirely about the hat, there would be no photographs without this focal point. Forms such as ice, grass and seaweed have all been utilized in this form of hat making which of course solidifies the often recurring natural influence.

The following two images may not be hats yet are still extremely intriguing! Also by Riitta Ikonen.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful millinery photos, how exciting. I remember when I was working at Genevieve Louise milliners in the workroom and the owner rolled out a full size boa constrictor skin on to the workroom floor and proceeded to block it. I hate snakes, but I must admit the finished hat which was blocked in the shape of tilted rolled up snake was awesome. I didn't want to touch it but ironically ended up modeling it for the Harrods buyer when she visited us. She bought it even though she hated snakes too, but she knew it would be a crowd pleaser in the store !LOL!

  2. Oh wow!!! So impressive. That's my kinda thing!

  3. amazing post! i love how many of this hats are crossing the border between fashion and art. they transform you into another you, something between human and animal, machine or organic life form.

    i am no milliner but a very passionate hat lover and i do posts about headwear every now and then. i just stated to blog in english instead of german. it's a pity so you can't read my article about bird hats. I'm showing a few other examples there than yours but was astonished to find more beauties in your article.

    i am one of your followers now, please keep on doing such great posts! maybe you might follow me too?

    xx, sara

  4. Hey Sara, thanks for following. I like your hat post on your blog! I have so much headwear here, you're sure to find more you'd like. Check out my most recent posts for example.

    I couldn't read about the bird hats but the images were great. Am now following you back!

    K x


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