Ladies, let’s be honest here. On opening a wedding invitation what’s the first thing we think of. What are we going to wear and ‘oh fab I can wear a hat !’
No wonder we like them so much -they’re fun, flirty, chic, glamorous and oh so girly. They also make a real statement and can be as simple or outrageous as you like! (although Princess Beatrice may have got it slightly wrong at the Royal Wedding tee hee!)
For Brides, the rise in popularity for vintage inspired weddings sees lots of birdcage veils as they compliment vintage dresses so perfectly.
We recently had the pleasure of working with Sally who owns Sharper Millinery. She exhibited with us at our fair in Birmingham last week.
A highly talented and experienced Milliner, Sally has been interested in sculpture, fabric technology, textiles and mixed media throughout her creative career so far. The need to invest in materials that are unusual or to change the surface quality ensures that her work has both quirky and unusual elements.
She creates stunning hats, head sculptures, hair corsages, pins and broaches, which appear to be flamboyant sculptures inspired by colour, shape and form. Drawing on her experiences of using textiles and sculpture adds to the variety of different shapes and styles and materials offered including plastics, fancy fabrics, found materials and traditional Sinamay, Crin, Straw, silk and velvet.
Her new bridal range inspired by the glamour of the 1940’s and the elegance of the 1950’s is proving to be very popular, offering brides-to-be a truly unique piece which can’t be found on the High Street. The birdcage veil is still the most popular with brides as it offers a beautiful vintage inspired look mixing feathers, flowers, jewels or lace with sumptuous millinery net.
Millinery is also not just for weddings. Sally has designed flamboyant and exciting headpieces and hats for clients to visit the races, several client attended race meetings throughout 2007, 2008 and 2009 and won ‘best hat and best dressed lady’ at different locations. She has also created a headpiece for the new Lady Mayoress, Vivienne Wilkes for the inauguration of the new Mayor in 2009.
So, for a bespoke and one off headpiece to treasure forever then get in contact with Sally at Sharper Millinery.
(Photos courtesy of Emma Case Photography and Emily Quinton Photography)