Tales of the Traveling Hats

My days as a costumer may be over, but one thing from my past career still matters to me: What’s on my head. I’m not necessarily talking about my hair. On National Hat Day, what’s on my mind is the art and craft of millinery. Why hatmaking? For me, hats provide a sense of nostalgia and a chance to travel back to years gone by. Seeing Kate Middleton with a fascinator or Audrey Hepburn’s wide-brimmed hat in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s instills a sense of romanticism in me. The more I travel, the more I find myself looking for hats. Where exactly have I discovered these sophisticated and whimsical accessories? Follow me as I journey back through former travels and see where I’ve found and worn hats!

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World Hat Styles

A few years ago, I decided to embark on a rather unusual journey that involved nostalgia and days gone past. This journey didn’t have to do with my travels, necessarily, but with learning the art of millinery, or hat making. Making an hour and a half drive to Fort Collins for several months, I studied under a skilled milliner who showed me some tricks of the trade. Hat making might sound simple or easy, but this art form is anything but simplistic. Millinery requires great attention to detail and to my surprise I found the covering and decorative work to take much more time than the shaping of a hat. I admired the work behind millinery so much that although I don’t practice it anymore, I still write about it and want to convey the same admiration on National Hat Day. So, what better way to look at culture and travel than through hats? You might be surprised, but there are numerous hat styles out there, as this infographic from Venere.com shows: Continue Reading ›

April Showers Style Inspirations

If you’ve kept up with my last post, you’ve seen how I’ve created outfits for my work backstage that feature methods to sustainably source outfits that can still be stylish. With the rainy spring weather of April approaching, it might seem like fashion has to be covered up by rain jackets with little ability to find attractive clothing. Eco-friendly and ethical fashion companies are often seen as unfashionable or strictly “hippie,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder, and after reading Eco Warrior Princess“‘Ugly’ is in the Eye of the Beholder,” it’s clear to me that what is seen as ugly or unfashionable in one person’s point of view is beautiful to another. Just because a company is labeled as “Sustainable” or provides ethical treatment of employees doesn’t mean their products are strictly for one taste or style. To see what I mean, take a look at these stylish weather outfits I’ve put together on inspiration boards: Continue Reading ›

The Resonating Note

Love.  Music.  Intrigue.  Imagine these three words with gondolas, rain, and risotto and you have the setting of my recent activities.  Since when did I head to Venice?  Since I began my work on the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company‘s world premiere of Appoggiatura.  In this brand new play written by three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee James Still, Helen, Chuck and Sylvie are touring Europe starting with Italy and are confronted by their relationships, past and present.  Tensions build as the characters run around Venice and search for each other, collide with visions of the past, and eventually find themselves amongst the directions, “A destra, a sinistra, dritto, dritto.”  Ready to join me in Venice?  Then come along as a take you through my style sets inspired by the costume designs of Appoggiatura Costume Designer Meghan Anderson Doyle. Continue Reading ›

Super Bowl Style

The weekend is quickly approaching, so that means it’s time for what every NFL fan has been eagerly awaiting: Super Bowl Sunday.  Although baseball is the only sport I’ve been knowledgeable and enthusiastic about, I can’t avoid football in a town like Denver.  In a city where football tickets are passed down from generation to generation, I’m hard-pressed to find a TV not featuring a game whether I’m at a bar, restaurant, or in the Wardrobe Room at work.  Stage Managers, crew members, and actors eagerly discuss the possibilities, and during intermission cheering and yelling ensue before another act of the show begins.  Since I can’t find a way to not join in on the excitement, I’ll be sharing my enthusiasm with the phrase, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” with these style sets.  Who will you be rooting for?

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