Elaine Mergard's Blog (17)

HEADLINES COMPETITION WINNERS

Congratulations to everyone who entered the Button Block Competition at Hats Off to Brisbane. We are able to announce the winners.

Special Congratulations to Victoria Henderson, Kerry L'Anson and Linda Ford. To view all their Button Block creativity scroll down below.

Thank you to our judge Aoife Kirwin from…

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THE SPINDLE: MARGARET GILL - GREAT GATSBY MILLINERY

Bring together a team of eight multi-talented Australian milliners and what is the result? Fabulous headwear for "The Great Gatsby"! We chat with Sydney milliner, Margaret Gill – one of the costume milliners, about her once in a lifetime opportunity to fulfil a milliner's dream.

How wonderful to be involved…

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The Year of the Ear

Disney is celebrating "The Year of the Ear" by releasing a limited edition range of Couture Ear Hats and other head pieces inspired by beloved Disney characters each month at their parks.

Which one is your favorite?

Steampunk Mickey…

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THE BUCKRAM STRIKES BACK

Amanda G. Joyner of Chef Bizzaro Millinery combines her creativity, sense of humour and sci-fi powers into a new series of custom pieces. Inspired by characters from Star Wars, these pieces are perfect for hitting the next Comic-Con or costume party in style! Complete with detachable bow to add a touch of ladylike class.



The Cocktail…

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Melbourne Cup Millinery

"Love Lotus Millinery" was announced the winner of Myer Fashion on the Field Millinery Award. Milliner Lynette Lim admitted it took 100+hrs to make this geometrical styled Hatinator using silk thread. Amazingly precise work. Congratulations Lynette .

Innovative Australian milliners displayed some amazing headwear in the finals of the Millnery Awards on…

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THE EMPEROR'S NEW HELMET

Based in Malmö in southern Sweden, Hövding, has developed a completely new type of cycle helmet that doesn’t even go on your head. Instead it’s an understated collar that cyclists wear round their necks. The collar contains a folded up airbag that you’ll only see if you happen to have an accident. The airbag is shaped like a hood, surrounding and protecting the cyclist’s head when it’s triggered. The trigger mechanism is controlled by sensors which pick up the abnormal…

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Testing the waters

Although called "Water Wigs", hat lovers may perceive these fantastic liquid creations by TimTadder as an inspiration for a cloche or headpiece. Which is your favourite? Comment below.

METHOD BEHIND THE MADNESS

"We just finished shooting a new project…

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FILMING NEW LESSONS

Another hard day in the office working on filming new fascinator and headpiece lessons. Hair done, nails and makeup completed, lights camera action... coffee break!

             

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Hats off to London Hatwalk

Today, as a special one off, Londoners and visitors are waking up to the capital’s most iconic statues reimagined, adorned with breathtaking, bespoke headwear that celebrates the best of British millinery talent.



As part of the visual spectacular that is HATWALK, commissioned by the Mayor of London, in partnership with BT, Grazia magazine, the…

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VINTAGE BLOOMS

After difficult eras in history, fashion saw a return to opulence and such was the result in Millinery fashion. The Great Depression with 20% unemployed in early 1930's  was showing signs of recovery by the mid 1930's  These hat styles display a fresh appeal brightened with blooms. We attribute the French for bringing artificial flowers to the world but it started in 12th century in…

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Cinema VINTAGE hats

The 1930's were the "Golden Age of Hollywood" as cinema moved from silent movies to colour and sound. Amazingly this transition was taking place during the Great depression of the early 30's.

Actresses such as Claudia Colbert, Vivien Leigh, Myrna Loy and Greer Garson all appeared on screen as glamorous ladies in a world far removed from the day to day realities of the early…

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Florals millinery return



When was the last time someone special in your life gave you a bunch of flowers? Women love flowers - guys if you want to conquer her heart this you need to know. What a better way to express your love of flowers but by wearing them.

Yes Florals are back- in fabric print, jewellery  and as embellishments for Hats and Headpieces. For almost a decade feathers &…

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THE ROYAL ASCOT

2012 was declared "The Year of the Hat" by renowned Milliner Stephen Jones. "If a woman wears a hat, she always gets served first, she always has the door held open for her. It's extraordinary."

The official campaign images for Royal Ascot 2012 celebrate classic British style and…

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Fedoras return

Milan Fashion Week 2012.  Giorgio Armani adds Fedoras to the Catwalk. It was hats, hats and more hats at the Giorgio Armani's runway show at 2012 Milan Fashion Week.



Fedora-style hats were paired with almost everything and were worn in a slightly tilted manner to give them a sexy slant.The Brims were wider than winter styling and some tilted up one side. The collection…

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Panama Hats

Panama Hats are not as popular as they were in the 1950/60 era but they are still hand made in the Traditional Fashion. We holidayed at Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico in 2007 and I was searching for basic panama hoods to bring home. Obviously no Tourist Stop-overs supply such but now know Becal is the Hat Capital of Mexico.



We saw Toquilla plants growing &…

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Vintage style

Vintage 1950s Hat Styles were worn by movie star Doris Day -a fun loving Actress as her movies were often romantic comedies. Most of these hats are made from Swiss Straw excluding the Cloche felt Hat.

All the hats sat up on the head whereas today they sit down closer to the face and very often forward on brow. Have a browse at her most famous onscreen hats…

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Felt Hat making

Felt Hat making is one of my Favourites but living in Sub Tropical Australia limits the demand. I love how steaming the felt allows it to become as pliable as children's Play dough.This is because Felt is a mass of wool and/or fur. It is not woven so it has no resistance to pull & push techniques. The Felt Hood in unblocked form has been pressed and manipulated in a centuries-old…

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