Tuesday, March 12, 2013


The Bonnet Bash: Night and Day
Fashionistas’ Millinery: An exciting and distinct way for a millinery designer to exhibit their unique creativity is the subject of a new exhibit, Bonnet Bash, the NIGHT & DAY SHOW show, which is featured in the spectacular venue of the National Arts Club, at 15 Gramercy Park South on 20th Street, New York City. The enchanting presentation, representing the work of some twenty-eight millinery designers, opened last night and is free and open to the public until Friday, March 15, at which time there is a closing night party. When the party is over The Millinery Guild continues to provide a platfrom for millinery designers with its educational seminars and millinery events

ORIGINS OF THE THEME Linda Ashton, the president of Milliners Guild wrote, “A song started to run through my head. It was the Lyrics from a l932 Cole Porter song, Night and Day--- “Night and day you are the one, Only you beneath the moon or under the sun, whether near to me or far it’s not matter darling, where you are, I think of you night and day. Linda continues, “Since each milliner was to create two hats for the event, it made perfect sense to use the tune, as it afforded us the idea for the two hats, ‘one for day’ and ‘one for night’ and the milliners were encouraged to interpret the theme any way they wished.”

THE MILLINERY DESIGNERS Millinery creations and concoctions kept the invited guests entranced by their whimsical quality or serious interpretation. I cannot mention each designer here but jaunty Top Hats by Janet Linville took notice, as did Wanda J. Chambers’s melon colored fedora with striking feather decoration. Most elegant and stylish were the hats of Sally Caswell, Sally Caswell Millinery wtih jaunty straw with floral trim and one delightful concoction of feather origin. Linda Ashton’s beige cloche with button detail tuned into the night’s theme as did Linda Pagan’s theatrical straw top hat with circle feather. My favorite, and I am entitled to have one, was Aaron Keppel’s flying saucer red straw with white brim really which took off with flying colors. Anne dePasquale's fedora stood out in striking contrast to a hat bouquet perched on the head like spring field flowers.

 THE CLOSING NIGHT PARTY Should be lots of fun!!! Dance to the vintage music of the Avalon Jazz Band, strut your headpiece in the hat parade, meet celebrity milliners, craft a chapeau of your own design and peruse the installation which enjoying vintage cocktails, a light supper and parlor entertainments. Vintage-inspired day or evening attire with matching chapeau is highly encouraged. Cost $75. For more info about the artists featured in the show: MillinersGuild.org  Prizes will be awarded for the most Glamorous, Most Outrageous and Best Period Hat.

The Milliners Guild is an essential resource for stylists, Art Directors, Accessories Editors, and distinctive fashioniasts who appreciate fine millinery. Through special events and educational seminars the Guild provides consistent communication to, and education of the public, press and students. For more information about the Guild contact: PR@Milliners Guild.org

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