“Hothouse Flowers of the New Decade”
February 17, 2010; Grace Hotel, NYC.
Here are some of my, Monika Fine Millinery’s, contributions. They were made from furfelt and distressed horsehair; more about the creative process later.
Tulip 1 (red and yellow) is hand-blocked from furfelt. The veil and trim are made from distressed horsehair in black.
Tulip 2 (blue and red) is hand-blocked from furfelt in a velour finish. The trim is made from distressed dark brown horsehair.
The Poppies are made from furfelt/ velour finish; the material was first stretched and flattened, then pleated and finally blocked into shape.
The trim consists of furfelt and, again, horsehair.
The woman with the dollhat Tophat is myself, after the end of the show when all the designers were asked to come out.
This little cocktail piece was hand-blocked from a black furfelt, then wired, a millinery grosgrain piping sewn on and finally trimmed with satin ribbon, feathers and a rhinestone buckle.