Millinery design is steeped in history and in fact it could be said that much of the work of modern milliners is to revive the historical art of hat making (and hat wearing!). Today’s featured milliner is steeped in that history. With a family tree that includes the Orsini and Medici families–two of the greatest patrons of the arts in Renaissance Florence–creativity and a passion for the arts is in her blood. Elsie Collins of Thistle Cottage Studio designs studied apparel design at the Rhode Island School of Design and spent three years as an apprentice to an Italian tailor. Basically, I want to be Elsie when I grow up.
|Late Victorian Pinchback Hat by Elsie Collins of Thistle Cottage Studio|
In addition to theatrical costuming, and modern millinery Elsie uses her knowledge of fashion history to create authentic period reproductions like this late Victorian pinchback hat. According to her item description, hats like this would have been worn by fashionable ladies around 1898. Elsie’s work inspires me to dig deeper into art and fashion history to learn more about the fantastic millinery traditions of yesterday.