Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Emily London: Couture Milliner

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When I first started looking for my wedding dress I thought I would wear a vintage gown so I went straight to my favourite vintage shop (and old neighbour in my beloved Primrose Hill): Shikasuki. As you know by now, I didn't end up buying a vintage gown but I did fall in love with the millinery on exhibition there... hats by Emily-London. Emily offered to make me a hat/headpiece for my wedding which I could commission to include peacock feathers and I am seriously considering taking her up on the option. That or commissioning a hat to go with my going-away dress which I could wear to the many weddings we are attending later in the summer.
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Oyster apostrophe with feathers and diamant├ęs
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I wanted to share with you some of her designs - I have chosen some of my favourites - but she also does custom made commissions (see the butterflies below) and hires vintage pieces for weddings as well. Enjoy.
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Chocolate lace beret with metallic flower and quills

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In fact, Emily says: "Having a bespoke hat or headpiece privately commissioned, particularly for your wedding day, is a wonderfully enjoyable process from the initial concept to the final stitch. It is a delightful and original way to have a unique and special piece designed and made exclusively for you. As a milliner, private commissions are my most enjoyable pieces to make. They enable me creatively to interpret the client's concept and then engage with her throughout the making process so that the end result goes beyond even her first hopes and expectations. The feeling of a customer taking her hat or headpiece away, knowing that she absolutely adores it and that it will be privately treasured forever, brings with it for me a wonderful sense of pride and creative energy".
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Chocolate brown felt twist with pheasant feather
(A/W 08 preview)

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So, if you are interested in having a hat or headpiece made for your wedding, or to wear to someone else's wedding, or to Ascot, or just because you fancy a gorgeous hat, get in touch with Emily by e-mailing her at the address on her website.

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Vintage white fur hat. Available to hire.

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Hackle and stripped coque feathers with velvet flower

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butterflies custom made commission
(photo by Ian Kelsall)
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Claret twist pillbox with velvet spray

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All images by Emily-London with the exception of the butterflies which is by Ian Kelsall




7 comments:

Lizzy said...

I love the idea of a going away hat! Stunning.

Rachel said...

I know, doesn't it sound fab. I am seriously seriously tempted by one made to match my shoes so I can wear it again to other weddings.

CeeCee said...

Hat, going away suit and matching shoes...I have this image of you looking all 1940's oozing glamour and elegance!

You have to get a hat to match your glorious shoes - just think how much joy the combination will give you every time you get to wear them.

Rachel said...

I know, I am going to try and find some money in the budget. Well, I saved on the wedding dress and the shoes were in a sale, so maybe I can splurge a little on the going away outfit!

Tea and Adventures said...

Ooh, what a fantastic site! Will have to see if they can come up with an answer to my own bridal head-wear dilemmas!

Rachel said...

Tea & Adventure (great name by the way) - Please do get in touch with Emily and mention how you heard of her and hopefully she can make you something fab to wear for your wedding!

Guilty Secret said...

Gorgeous! I can't wait until all my friends start getting married so that I can actually go to some weddings!