The amazing variety of materials a milliner uses provides never ending inspiration…it may be a texture, a certain colour or even the shape of an object that can ignite ideas behind the creation a new headpiece or ideas for a whole collection.
I was on the search for some Macaw feathers for a special millinery commission when I was directed by a feather supplier to a 'Bird Magazine'… makes sense! Looking through the directory, at the very back of the magazine I came across a farmer, located just out of Perth who bred Macaw birds and I dialled his number. I explained I was a Sydney Milliner and asked if he may know where I might source some Macaw feathers.
To my surprise he said he had a drawer full that he had collected over many years when they had fallen from the birds. I didn’t want to invade his collection but he insisted I take them and create something magical. I finally said yes after we worked out a little agreement that I would make his daughter a hat using the feathers to wear to the upcoming Perth Cup Racing Carnival…. I was blown away with the absolute beauty of the feathers when they arrived…blues, reds, gold and turquoise….now that’s inspiring!
This is OCEAN SEAGRASS headpiece from the ATLANTIS collection
features stunning Macaw feathers in cerulean blue and yellow gold.
This piece was shot for FASHION TREND magazine.
Photography: Michele Aboud
Hair: Michael Wolff
Make Up: Rae Morris
Model: Mary Sher