Got an event to go to? Looking for that perfect headwear to match your outfit? Or, perhaps you are looking for something with a little more pizzazz! Headwear and head pieces are very much in fashion lately and with the festivals doing there bit to support the ever growing festival fashion culture, it is no doubt having something on your head is the thing to do!
Headpieces are now showcased at not only festivals but weddings, parties and corporate occasions. So where did this all begin? We have been looking into the world of the headwear here at sshh… and have come across some spectacular pieces and a little history too!
There are many things we can wear on our heads – caps, crowns, hair covers, hats, helmets, hoods, masks, headgear, veils and wigs just to name a few! The head piece has been transformed into a modern couture accessory that adds a certain wow factor to any occasion.
The 1700’s saw the first headwear being made, the traditional bonnet was worn to cover women’s hair and it was seen as sinful not to wear one! When wigs began to come into fashion in the late 1700’s the hat took on a slightly different form and was then used to keep the wig in place! Over time the traditional headwear has now found its place amongst the world of fashion and has battled its way through the past few decades changing quite dramatically as time has gone on.
In more recent times and with fashion reaching limits it has never before it is no wonder that the headwear we have on offer today is sometimes out of this world. Some of the pieces we see clearly have links back to the past especially the 1960s – currently we have seen the turban creeping its way back in and the russian hat – both pictured on the front covers of Vogue magazines from the 60’s!
Jess Eaton is a ‘conceptual artist’ who started her careers in the early 90’s. In more recent times she has worked on costume design and sculpture. One of her most impressionable pieces of work is ‘Roadkill couture’ where she has made the most incredible head pieces from bird feathers, animal skins and even bones! Headwear to the extreme but some amazing creative talent, we love it! Eaton showcased these pieces at Brighton’s fashion week 2011, you can take a look at her fantastic work here. www.eatonnott.co.uk/roadkill-couture and her work has been more recently seen in Brighton’s ‘Absolute’ magazine. www.absolutebrightontv.com
Sticking closer to home, based in Brighton are many creative individuals also embarking on a career in costume design and head pieces. ‘Beksies Boutique’ is a small but ever growing company that started in a small attic in Brighton. This creative artist makes head pieces, hats and others accessories with a fresh and vibrant style. She works on the festival circuit in the summer months selling feathered headwear and bespoke accessories. Keep your eye out for her market next summer or take a look at her website for some fabulous inspiration and she will take on custom projects too! www.beksiesboutique.com
Wedding head pieces have come on leaps and bounds since us ladies first started to wear them and even the traditional veil has had an uplift, with flowers of all sizes and harder materials used for structure, the limits seem to be endless. A trend we have seen over the last couple of summers is the modern day take on the feathered headdress inspired by the Native Indian Americans. These are stunning head pieces, are often worn by festival goers to add to the festival atmosphere. But more so lately, miniature versions and accessories inspired by the headdresses have let us use it not only for one crazy weekend but to add a bit of fun to our everyday high street outfits!
Head pieces and hats have no limits, feathers and flowers are just a couple of the core items used to create these stunning sculptures and they don’t always have to be big! Stunning jewelled pieces for weddings or small bows tied around a headband can give a similar effect and instantly give our heads a lift without breaking our necks!
If you would like more information on headdresses and head pieces please contact our friendly team and they will be happy to help you.