There are several amazing milliners out there.
Philip Treacy, Vivien Sheriff, Noel Stewart, Narida Fraiman, Piers Atkinson, Rachel Trevor-Morgan, Bundle Maclaren and Stephen Jones to name some of the best. Their hats, headwear, fascinators and more have graced the covers of magazines worldwide and topped the heads of the most royal to the most outrageous.
Floral Hats & Headdresses
But these fresh floral headdresses, or giant Easter Bonnets if you will, created by fashion designers in conjunction with floral designers for the Tulips and Pansies Headdress Affair*, outshine most anything seen at the Kentucky Derby or Royal Ascot.
Atelier Aimee in collaboration with Elizabeth Ryan Floral Design:
Betsey Johnson in collaboration with Preston Bailey:
Blank Silk in collaboration with Rachel Cho:
Carolina Herrera in collaboration with Lewish Miller, LMD Floral Events:
David Dalrymple for House of Field in collaboration with Golf Srithamrong of Tantawan Bloom:
DKNY in collaboration with Ovando:
Ela Rose in collaboration with Roy Braeger Events:
House of Holland in collaboration with Martin Snaric:
Naeem Kahn in collaboration with Preston Bailey and his floral designer Sanaw:
Kboom Couture in collaboration with Studio Artiflora:
Lilly Pulitzer in collaboration with Cote Fleurie Studio:
b. michael in collaboration with Michael Gaffney and The New York School of Flower Design:
Rafe New York in collaboration with Dig Gardens:
Sara Claire and Esther in collaboration with Diana Gould Ltd:
The Blonds in collaboration with Linda Ferrando Floral Design:
Tracy Reese in collaboration with Gerald Palumbo, Seasons A Floral Design Studio:
Hunter Dixon in collaboration with Fleurs New York:
Hector Rodriguez in collaboration with Verde Custom Flowers, Inc:
Mataano in collaboration with Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design:
Betsey Johnson in collaboration with Bloom New York:
Mara Hoffman in collaboration with Fleurs New York:
Blank Silk in collaboration with Diana Gould ltd:
Tracy Reese in collaboration with Linda Ferrando Floral Design:
Sara Claire and Esther in collaboration with L’Oasis Floral Design:
Viktor Luna in collaboration with Avery J Fashion Consultants and Flora Tech:
Chris March in collaboration with Tantawan Bloom:
Atelier Aimee in collaboration with Ariston Floral Boutique:
Sadly, I cannot find the designers to credit for this one:
*an annual runway show that ran from 2001 through 2011 to raise funds and awareness for VillageCare’s HIV/AIDS programs
Photo credits: The images with the black backgrounds are photos by Matthew Peyton. Some of the 2011 images are courtesy of illamasqua whose Senior US make-up artist and US brand ambassador Andrea Helgadottir headed up a team of 6 artists who created looks on 18 models.
• Tulips & Pansies – The Headdress Affair, is a runway show which brings together prestigious fashion and floral designers to create elaborate headdresses all to raise funds and awareness for VillageCare’s HIV/AIDS programs. The annual shows seem to have ceased after 2011.
• VillageCare is a community-based, not-for-profit service organization serving the older adults, persons living with HIV/AIDS and individuals in need of medical and rehabilitation services.