Is it true that beauty returns us to our origins, perhaps beauty allows us to forget the impurities of our past, as it heals and motivates what we truly desire from within. I’ve found that beauty is in everything, especially with sight and hearing. It has the qualities of pleasing shapes, form, color, and harmony. It evokes aesthetic pleasure and can only be experienced if we take the time to embrace such a moment.
Beauty is seen in the simplest surroundings, appreciative conversations, and through the eye of the beholder. The afternoon of May 12, 2014, my life changed, (fashionably speaking) being crowned with a 1956 pillbox hat originally worn by Rich’s grandmother, Justina Andrade. This event was in many ways my rebirth, a beacon of inspiration as I literally felt her beauty overcome me in more ways than one. Having her grandson, a man that resembles many of her attributes crown me gave such a sense of respect. Millinery has become a way I observe the beauty in women of an era gone by, embracing how they would carry themselves with grand elegance, their stylish garments, in addition to their shared facial expressions.
I‘ve admired the beauty of millinery for many years now, yet always wondered how such a complementing accessory is created until I meant Wayne Wichern, hat maker of Wayne Wichern Millinery. Previously, a florist by trade and professional dancer of six years, who soon would find his métier in millinery while employed at several Seattle theater companies. Specializing in women’s blocked fashion hats, Wayne boasts a full collection of 500 to 600 dating back to the 1930s and 40s. I had the privilege to experience his collection in addition to the production of a millinery design. While observing each step of the process with great detail, I felt an overwhelming inner joy which in return evoked the emotion of “awe” and “wonder.”
Typically in today’s society, we don’t appreciate many of the garments we wear or the things we own, they are merely just materialistic purchases of impulse. As someone that is quite the sentimentalist of forgotten memories, I’ve found the beauty in developing an art of seeing. Focused artist and designers call this “visual elements of art” — lines, shape, form, color, pattern, and texture—in their surroundings. Wayne shares this beauty indiscriminately with each design he sketches, handcrafts and showcases in the publics eye. From embellishments, netting, ribbons, feathers and flowers garnished on cloche, riding , evening and cocktail hats there is no end to beauty with viewing Wayne Wichern Millinery.
Floral Millinery Design c/o Wayne Wichern Millinery
Peter Pan Collar Dress c/o Bitter Root Vintage (similar here & here)
Vintage 1950s Gold Framed Black Leather Purse, Etsy Boutique
MAC ‘Chili’ Matte Lipstick
ALDO Uloaviel Pumps, only at DSW