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Louisa Parris first hat collection

We delve into Louisa’s sketchbook and take a look at a hat collection she had the pleasure of designing with her childhood friend Laela Bernard.

“My first collection of scarves gave me the chance to work with a dear friend Laela Barnard. We grew up together, always dressing-up and making things. Laela's background is in prop and art installations, so it seemed an obvious opportunity to collaborate and make a collection of hats.”

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Hats haven’t always been worn as fashion. Initially, they were seen as utilitarian because they offered protection from nature’s harsh elements or an enemy’s weapon. In the sixteenth century, woman’s hats at last attained structure, and, by the seventeenth century, women everywhere began to clamor for millinery. This resulted in the idea of millinery fashion, with women’s hats becoming extremely popular during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Fashion illustrations help to communicate ideas of the designer before going to be made into final pieces. Louisa used previous designs from her collections to make these series of hats. From the print designs and the silks she had developed Louisa sketched a few ideas down and then passed these on to Laela, who took it to the next stage, making numerous paper and felt maquettes.

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After Louisa sketched the hat silhouettes, Laela created the final pieces with felt, crin and hours of hand-sewing.

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Sketches by Louisa Parris of her patterns ready to send to her childhood friend, Laela to transform them into hats. Living in separate cities, Laela in London and Louisa in San Francisco, meant that skype and scanning drawings back and forth became their way of working through out the project.

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As an accessory hats can do a wonderful job of drawing the attention to the face of the wearer. Here we have 2 more designs from Louisa’s collaboration with Laela transformed from her silk designs.

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From start to finish Laela and Louisa worked together to create a unique hat collection from the designs of Louisa Parris first collection of scarves.

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