Below is a link to a short film where you will see one of Stephen Jones’ creations ‘come to life’.
Commissioned by The V&A for the exhibition the ‘millinery workroom or atelier is the creative laboratory where hat designs are transformed from ideas into reality’, and this film really takes what is a very slow, labour intensive and highly skilled craft and turns it into something very beautiful visually.
I see all the techniques I was taught several years ago in a drafty studio in Wimbledon by our Millinery lecturer, Shaun (who we were all a little awe struck by as he had created beautiful pieces for many feature films including Shakespeare In Love), and which I still employ today in the various commissions I get for film & theatre.
Like so many of the skills I have learnt over the years millinery is fiddly, slow, hard on the hands & eyes, yet hugely satisfying! It split my class in two- those who could and loved it, and those who loathed it!!
I do hope this inspires.
x Laura x