Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A Right Royal Do

I can't believe I'm off to Paris this weekend, time has just flown by. Anyway (Drum Roll please) this Sunday sees the final of The Hat Designer of the Year competition at Première Classe so please keep everything crossed for me and wish me luck.

I am exhibiting three pieces that were inspired/designed for Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.

Hand beaded antique lace and ribbon headdress. For those occasions when a tiara is too much. Perhaps a night at the Ballet or an Art Gallery opening.

Nordic inspired bejewelled hood. Suitable for cross country skiing, après skiing cocktails, and patriotic events.

Chic Pillbox with hand embroidery. Perfect for church services and civic duties.

The pattern stitched on 'Maya' is a 'Hugel Star'  which is a very elaborate Figure Skating pattern. I've become a bit obsessed with the ice since I started skating lessons last year.

And no (sadly) I can't skate one yet!

Bon Voyage,

Rockwife xx

Saturday, 1 June 2013

The Hat Designer of the Year 2013

I'm absolutely delighted to report that I have been chosen to go through to the the finals of The HAT Magazine Designer of the Year 2013 in Paris.

The design brief this year had a 'Royal' theme and was set by Stephen Jones

I chose to design my collection for Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (inspired by an embroidered Nordic Hood I made for an exhibition at Hat Works last winter); Mette-Marit is a very modern princess, she likes clean, simple lines and neutral palettes. She seems to favour 21st Century version of the Jackie O Pillbox hats and likes headpieces.

I'll be posting some pictures of my 'Royal Collection' over the next few weeks, I hope MM will approve!

Rockwife xx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Rockwife at Hat Works Museum

'The Curious Journey of Lavinia De La Craft' at Hat Works

We are absolutely thrilled to be exhibiting at the Hats Work Museum in Stockport. You can find the specially created 'The Curious Journey of Lavinia De La Craft' collection in the 'What's Hot' cabinet alongside 'Ascot Mohawk' and 'Jean' in adjacent cases.

The exhibition runs till the 9th March 2013 and full details about the museum can be found here:

We also delighted to have a headdress in their new exhibition 'Redesigning Fashion', here's a sneaky peek!

'Extreme Close Up!'

Want to see more? Head over to Hat Works. 'Redesigning Fashion' looks at recycling and sustainable fashion, starting with the 'Make do and Mend' movement of the 1940's right up to the modern day 'objet trouvé' work of Little Shilpa, a fascinating and thought provoking exhibition.

'Memories of Mickey and Minnie'
Little Shilpa

Rockwife xx

Hollywood Costume Exhibition

There are literally just three days left of the fantastic 'Hollywood Costume' exhibition at the V&A, if you haven't seen it, beg, borrow or steal a ticket, it's utterly amazing. Five years in the planning and spanning a hundred years of cinema, from Charlie Chaplin's 'The Little Tramp' to models from 'Avatar', every iconic outfit is gathered under one roof.

The exhibition is beautifully displayed and includes some fascinating interviews with actors and designers, explaining how costumes help with the creation and development of characters.

From the glamour of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to the urban grit of 'The Bourne Identity' there is something for every film fan.

Here are some of my favourites:

Lady in the Dark 1944
 Ginger Rogers wore this Edith Head gown in 'Lady in the Dark' in 1944. At the time it was the most expensive gown ever created for a movie, allegedly costing $35,000.

Gone with the Wind 1939, The Bride Wore Red 1937
On the left the infamous velvet dress worn by Vivien Leigh in 'Gone with the Wind' designed by Walter Plunkett and on the right the incredible bugle bead gown worn by Joan Crawford in 'The Bride Wore Red' designed by Adrian. This is the first time I have seen this dress in colour as the film was shot in black and white!

Addams Family Values 1993

Anjelica Huston wore this gown in 'Addams Family Values' it was designed by Theoni V Aldredge.

Tippi Hedren discusses 'The Birds'
I must also say how much I enjoyed 'The Birds' installation; incredibly inventive and enthralling to hear Tippi Hedren and Edith Head discussing this movie.

I think it's safe to say that the 'Hollywood Costume' exhibition is a truly extraordinary event and one I shall remember for a very long time!

Rockwife xx