January 17, 2008

Wonderful hat blog DES CHAPEAUX – many wonderful hat images

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 3:10 pm

Modes et Trabaux, magazine I've bought from Ebay FranceI’ve just spent an undisclosed amount of money in buying diverse vintage French fashion magazines from ebay France. Just go there and search for “mode” and then select the option “Jornaux, Revues, Magazines”… the sky is the limit.

Doing some research about the magazine “Le Petit Echo de la Mode”, of which I’ve bought 64 issues dating from 1947 to 1954 I’ve come across the wonderful blog of Pita and Frank called DES CHAPEUX.

It’s the most wonderful thing, packed with quality scans of covers and features in French magazines. WOW!!! What a wonderful source of inspiration, I could spend hours browsing this site.

Time to make some tea, sit comfortably in front the the computer and start enjoying!

December 17, 2007

“Gossip and Whispering” – Hat Museum in Utrecht (Netherlands)

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 12:17 am

Picture of the hat museum in Utrecht, click to enlarge

During our recent visit to the Netherlands we took the opportunity to visit the Hat museum in the city of Utrecht. It has the fun name of Gossip and Whispering.

A small private museum occupying the ground floor of a little attached house it displays not only vintage hats but also contemporary hats from the most noted Dutch designers (picture above).  The vintage hats on show include fur hats and feathered hats (even handbags covered with feathers!), gorgeous hat pins, delicate beaded toques  and much more. Also hatmaking tools like vintage hat blocks and a straw sewing machine. The hat stands (picture below) are a joy to look at.

Gorgeous antique hat stands

Up until the first week of January there is also a special exhibition of 40 contemporary hats by 7 different milliners selected by the wonderful Dutch Milliner Marianne Jongkind. The milliners are Yvonne de Bruijn, Vera Klomp, Mirjam Nuver, Eugenie van Oirschot, Marianne Schouten, Irene Bussemaker and Irene van Vugt. This is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Marianne Jongkind’s atelier”. Some years ago I spent a few days helping out and learning from her and I can tell you she is a very kind person and a great hat maker. This exhibition includes also her own hats.

One of the nice things in the museum are the albums filled with newspaper clippings and pictures of wonderful hats from different milliners.

Picture of one of the albums

Tiny Meihuizen-Wijker (below, in front of her own creations) is the person we have to thank for setting up and maintaining this museum. She has more than 2000 vintage hats in her attic and at the time of our visit she had just received some beautiful Christian Dior hats covered with petals..  Tiny also makes hats and gives classes and workshops in her museum. There is also a “high tea” in offer where you get to drink and eat delicious things and also get the opportunity to hear about hats and to try some on! Perhaps on a future trip I will have the time to join in one of the workshops, who knows! Click here to see all the pictures of our visit to the museum.

Picture of Tiny Meihuizen-Wijker, owner of the museum, in front of the hats she has made herself

October 20, 2007

Philip Somerville hat picture from Cath’s website

Filed under: Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 9:47 pm

A better picture from Cath’s site…
Philip Somerville hatOn the comments of the previous post you might have seen Cath’s comment saying that my hat reminds her of the Philip Somerville hat she has for rental at her shop Pebbles Hat Hire. Indeed it looks a lot like the one I made, but mine is close to the head on the back, and this one is straight on the back (more of a cylinder).

Cath also makes herself gorgeous hats, you can look at them here and drool!

July 13, 2007

Doris loved hats

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 11:12 pm


Newspaper cut outs of hats - 1959

A couple of years ago I bought through Ebay a pink ring binder tied with a burgundy bow and filled to the rim with: 

  • Newspaper cut outs of hats, glued and classified by type of hat (Toques, Breton, Fur hats, Cloche, etc.)
  • Printed instructions on how to make hats
  • Personal notes about how to make hats
  • Samples of different kinds of bows
  • Patterns for different sort of hats

As far as I can tell it belonged to a woman called Doris, from Denver (Colorado), who took millinery classes from a lady called June Burton. That must have been in the late fifties or early sixties. What happened after she took the classes we don’t know, I would like to think that she went on to make beautiful hats, and certainly she kept on cutting out pictures and drawings of hats from newspapers and magazines. (more…)

July 9, 2007

Hat in a shop window, London

Filed under: daily life,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 11:16 pm

Hat at Jaegers shop window I was in London the week before last. It’s funny because I had not been in london for years (possibly a decade) and in the last three months I’ve been there twice!… not that I’m complaining.

I saw this hat in the window of Jaeger’s and took a picture with my cell phone. It’s made of horsehair braid all draped around the crown and it looks really cool. The idea was to go back and try it on, but after that I was not able to find the shop again… duh!

I also saw a beautiful Stephen Jones hat in the Liberty’s sale. It was a little top hat made out of black leather embossed with a liberty design. It had a little black veil… really cool! But still too expensive for my pocket.

But I did buy some pieces of Liberty fabric that were on sale (in pieces of 1, 2 or 3 meters, but mostly only 2 and 3 meters were left and I was there -by pure chance- on the first day of the sale!).

May 28, 2007

A world hidden away – Japanese websites about hatmaking

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 3:52 pm

Ulala Koruku website - hat instructions  I have some rudimentary knowledge of Japanese (I went to classes during five years, and honestly I should have more to show for it, but I dont). I wish I understood it all. There is a wealth of websites and blogs that talk about the things I like (like millinery, cooking, origami), and all I can do is settle for some crazy surrealist online translation to find out what they’re talking about.

In addition, Japanese websites appear to be more fun and more crazy than the European/American counterparts. That’s something you can notice right away when browsing through a Japanese magazine or newspaper. The layout is completely alien to us (not only that you start to read from the back to the front), but the fact that everything is packed-in in a crazy dizzying way.

The web of Ulala Koruku is an example of someone really taking the time to make a fun website, playing beautifully with colors. Another one is this lovely one with the hat-cat on the front page. Although a recurring problem with Japanese websites is the faulty spelling (very japanese) of English words as you can see for yourself if you visit the website.

And the examples of japanese websites about hats, well, are endless, for example marche-de-chapeaux, hat love, and this very interesting blog.

This is all until the next time (I owe you lots of stuff, but I promise you will get to see it!)

April 15, 2007

And down Rambla Catalunya we walked… with our hats on!

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 7:24 pm

Click on this image to see all the pictures!Not the most spectacular turn up ever, there was just a bunch of us, but we had fun and that was the whole idea. We were supposed to start at 12:00 but many people did not turn up until a little bit later, so the whole thing started about 12:30. Down we walked, and the weather smiled down on us (shame on those unbelievers that brought their umbrella along!)

As always we failed in the “spreading the word” part, and this year, like last year, we have promised ourselves that next time we will publicize the event as it deserves.

Having said that, it was fun, and they cannot take that away from us! And at last I got a chance to show off my Catherinettes hat.

Click on the picture to see the whole set of pictures.

April 4, 2007

3 minute Millinery video – Jill’s discovery

Filed under: millinery techniques and cheats,Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 9:09 pm

In case you missed it, here is the link to Jill’s post about the 3 minute millinery video on how to make a silk hat. She discovered it in You Tube, which promises to be another treasure trove for the hat loving community. The video shows the entire process of making a beautiful pattern hat out of silk cloth, it’s been edited at a fast pace with nice background piano music, you will enjoy it!

January 21, 2007

Nicole Todaro: Interesting online video about millinery, in french

Filed under: Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 1:32 pm

Hi there, long time no post, I hope my three readers out there will forgive me 😉

You will love this video (if you don’t understand french watch it anyway, the images are fun to watch -though small-). You will need Real Player to view it:

I like to see straw braid being machine sewn, and I’m green with envy when the lady says that they have (if I understood correctly) 3000 wood crown blocks and 2000 brim blocks.

I believe this video was made to teach french, as a series of TV5 called Mains et Merveilles.

December 8, 2006

Millinery link: Little video about hatmaking in Dutch

Filed under: Other Millinery people — Cristina de Prada @ 9:10 pm

I found an interesting little on-line video about a Dutch milliner called Anneke Langenberg (I didn’t know anything about her before this video). I think the idea of this website is to offer youngsters a glimpse into different careers. On the left handside of the page you have to click on Hoedenmaker (hatmaker) in order to see the video:


I for one would not have minded starting a career in hat making when I was 18 (instead of going to Law school, which must be one of the most boring things in the universe).


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