There were many highlights to my recent New York City visit and one of them involved stylish ladies and hats.
I was lucky enough to attend the opening reception for the Milliners Guild hat exhibition held at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. Titled Night and Day, the exhibit featured the designs of 30 milliners. Each milliner created two hats – one for evening and one for day.
The Milliners Guild is an organization of hat makers and sellers working together to support their shared interest. Through a website, special events, and educational opportunities the Guild is dedicated to spreading the good news about hats for making, wearing, and stylin’.
I decided that for this special occasion I would crown myself the Official San Francisco Representative and don my own creation – the Golden Gate Bridge fascinator I made for last year’s Art Deco Society of California Preservation Ball. It was a smash hit with the exhibition crowd, but nothing compared to what the real milliners were wearing not to mention what was on display.
There were creations of all shapes and sizes: top hats and cloches, brimmed hats and veiled hats. Cigmond Meachen went witty with a lamp shade silhouette while Lisa Shaub (Guild vice-president) offered a touch of elegance with her creations. Overall it was an inspired showing. The place was packed with hat admirers, including some of the ladies from Advanced Style. Stay tuned for more about that.
A big thank you to milliner Jasmin Zorlu for the invitation. I truly had the best time.