High Street, Armadale brings you bridal couture, Parisian style cafes and international milliner Zuzana Vranovska. A boutique filled with ‘one off’ hats and fascinators, felt hats, jewellery and vintage scarves. This is Zuzana’s second season in Australia as she prepares to unveil her Spring Collection.
Growing up in Bohemia, and building on her foundation as a jewellery maker, Zuzana created her first hat at age 16. Her favourite from memory is a bright yellow crochet hat she wore endlessly. This passion took her all over Europe and namely Paris, travelling and sourcing beautiful materials and vintage pieces to constuct exclusive fashion creations. Her work has featured in magazines such as Harpers Bazaar and Beau Mond. She studied millinery in Melbourne and lives and works in Armadale. She had the grand opening of her Kings Street Arcade boutique in April 2009 and has recently implemented silk flower craft classes on weekends at her boutique.
Zuzana doesn’t believe in fast or on-trend fashion. Her customers are her inspiration and she can see a person and construct something based on their personality and style. She enjoys playing with materials such as veiling and straw as she anticipates how she can shape and mould them into a creation. Zuzana has never replicated a hat and she knows that every girl chases exclusivity and delivers just that.
Zuzana designs for the ‘individual client.’ European influenced and she designs for the sophisticated, classic woman searching for that one-off piece created for her. From bridal, to Spring Racing or any special event, Zuzana can tap into a person to achieve a stylish result catered for the individual. Zuzana only uses the highest quality materials and is flawless in her creative approach. One of her favourite pieces took her 25hours to complete. A simple black and white cocktail hat moulded perfectly, not an unaligned stitch in sight!
Spring Racing Carnival- what will we be wearing?
Always ahead of the crowd, Zuzana gives us an insight. Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival will be taking us back to the sophisticated woman of the 50’s and 60’s. Back to basics classic and wide brimmed hats in red, black, white and natural colours. But don’t be afraid of a vibrant beret or small cocktail hat as flowers and embellishment adorn collections. Everything will be teamed with romantic vintage jewellery. Ladies, prepare for one of the best seasons yet!
Finally Zuzana shared her wisdom with me. ‘Headwear more than anything, expresses who you are. Therefore my motto is…A hat is a seal of individuality!’
Meeting Zuzana left me feeling passionate about design and truly inspired to have my own creation this racing season. Zuzanas work ethic allows you to work directly with her and construct your own individual piece. What an opportunity!
Find Zuzana and her hats at Shop 8, Kings Arcade in Armadale.
Words – Angela Fedele
Photography – Patrik Nemes PNP MediaTags: armadale, hats, milliner, millinery, spring racing, zuzana vranovska