Small, but perfectly formed, film about Hat Making

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.

The millinery workroom or atelier is the creative laboratory where hat designs are transformed from ideas into reality. In this video you can see one of Stephen Jones' creations come to life. In the words of Stephen Jones, a milliners workroom is half Aladdins cave and half artists studio, a place where each hat is carefully coaxed into being.

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