One of my favourite events at London Fashion Week had to be the Headonism exhibition, a British Fashion Council initiative curated by Stephen Jones, which celebrates a new wave of emerging London milliners by showcasing pieces from their Spring/Summer 10 collection
So I decided to dedicate a post to some of the amazing work featured, starting with Mumbai born Shilpa Chavan, the creative force behind label Little Shilpa.
Having won many awards including the coveted Ffolio Trophy for the 'most creative and original collection', she started her career with scholarships for accessory design at The London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.
Her work is among some of my favourite from the exhibition and I love her dynamic presentation of found objects and her innovative use of space. I would absolutely love to own one of her pieces.
Justin Smith of J Smith Esquire is both a milliner and a hairdresser, two professions that must compliment each other well.
Having graduated in 2007 from the RCAH, with a show featuring a black lace, burlesque corset as an orthopedic neck brace, his latest collection has a slightly more dishevelled feel, but is equally fantastic. The shapes he creates with found materials such as rope, shells, plywood and other amazing things that could have washed ashore wrapped in seaweed, bring a real sense of personality and character to his work.
Søren Bach also began his career as a hairstylist, something which is apparent in his unique style of working. He has worked commercially as a hairdresser for over 20 years, currently lives between London and Copenhagen.
After graduating from Royal College of Art in 2007 his work has featured in publications such as Dazed & Confused, POP, Numero, Russian Vogue and British Vogue and been worn by stars such as Björk, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Grace Jones.
Noel Stewart first started designing hats after a college lighting project turned into a headpiece after he had nothing to wear for a wedding and it attracted so much positive interest he decided on a career change.
Ten years later and he has designed for Kylie Minogue, Beth Ditto and Britney Spears and frequently collaborates with other designers such as Roksanda Illincic, Hussein Chalayan, and Richard Nicoll for whom he memorably created Amish inspired gauze trilbys with square brims.
His pieces are often so architecturally flamboyant that they resemble sculptures, with high gloss resin stiffened organza and Perspex all featuring in his work.
Piers Atkinson moved to London in 1995 and has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry ever since, even co-creating The Daily: London Fashion Week’s daily news bulletin.
His work as a milliner often tends to feature familiar objects with an unnerving spin. With freakshow clowns, kitsch oriental headdresses and Mickey Mouse ears lit by neon, or laser cut in Perspex to resemble a psychiatric Rorschach tests.
His latest collection‘Sex on the Brain’ combines cherries, lips and bananas with flesh coloured leather and studs, with a more affordable range coming to Topshop in the future!!!!