This morning milliner Paris Kyne launched his latest exhibition of hats and headpieces. As the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival is mere months away (hard-core racing fashion aficionados will start outfit planning soon, personally I prefer my traditional nothing-to-wear freak-out the night before) let’s take the opportunity to get the jump on some crown adornment ideas. The eight piece collection is a mix of recent and archival pieces. While the main focus is on the art of three dimensional wirework, Paris’ inspiration for each hat is varied. He takes cues from nature, Dr. Seuss, Philip Treacy’s controversial creation for Princess Beatrice at Will and Kate’s royal wedding and even a love of rollercoasters; in particular the ‘Cyclone’ at New York’s Coney Island and the ‘Big Dipper’ at Melbourne’s own Luna Park. Often the pieces are intended to highlight themes of environmental sustainability – such as the barbaric practice of shark-finning or a more considered use of endangered birds’ feathers. I find myself gravitating towards the birdcage pieces, though there are a lot of aspects to marvel at when creations like these feature fancy braid, vintage hand-crafted French birds and even an 80-year old bird of paradise wing.
“Warped, Twisted and then Wrapped” is being exhibited in the foyer of the Crown Promenade Hotel, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, now until Thursday 5th July.