Each Easter my niece and I gather trinkets, bits and baubles and this and that and sit down to create elaborate bonnets to wear on Sunday. It has become our tradition. She was 3 when we started it. Back then the straw hats were usually adorned with flowers, colored plastic eggs and the occasional pom-pom chick. As the years have passed and my niece has grown more dexterous and interested in concept we have started to invest a lot more time in researching, conceptualizing and constructing more elaborately themed hats. Each time we sit to do the work I can't help but recall Isabella Blow's creative expression. She of the great hats, though gone now, is still a tremendous influence in the fashion industry - see attached images.
This year in honor of Isabella Blow we are creating magnificent mini grassed baskets chock filled with all manner of Easter goodies, encased in cellophane and adorned with ribbons, flowers and butterflies. They will be worn in a very 1940s manner, tilted to the sides our our heads.