Sketch Junya Watanabe summer 2011
From Italian Vogue
Images Italian Vogue
I adore these summer hats by Junya Watanabe. Although she sites her influences as Edwardian bathing costme-ish a la Biarritz, I think the hats hearken back the Directoire and Empire with a modern twist. I adore the ribbon and buckle.
I love hats, I can’t cope with anything in my hands like a parasol.My grandmother was a milliner she ran the millinery department at Bonwit Teller in Philadelphia from the
great depression until she retired in the 1970’s.
Georges Lepape, Gazette du Bon Ton, 1913
each print was hand-colored using stencils.
I have such found memories of trips to her house where she had an atelier for private commissions. She had a wall of French silk ribbons on spools. These ribbons were mesmerizing with delicate colors, textures, and patterns.
She had shelves of beads in bottles, bolts of lace and tulle for bridal veils, crowns, and beaded bodices.She also had a zoological treasure trove of exotic feathers. Once she took me to a place called the South African Feather company, a veritable warehouse stocked with rare and exotic plumes, now, no doubt all contraband; birds of paradise, king fisher feathers, just gorgeous.
French Straw hats 1920's-1930's