In her West Side studio, milliner Susan Morehead turns felt, various straws and vintage, braided cellophane into one-of-a-kind artworks. "People knowing the hats are made from traditional techniques is really important," she explains. "The ubiquity of cheap, poorly made hats has led many women to mistakenly conclude that they can’t wear hats." Her Spring and Summer collection for 2011 is the culmination of a lifelong interest in sewing, a fine arts degree and a career in social work. Yes, Morehead believes in "the importance of cultural norms and the impact of self image on our lives" and that "the perfect hat can change the way [women] see themselves." Find one of your own
At The Collective or online.
Vintage buttons adorn this hat's pin and band. Many of Morehead's blocks were made by her husband.
vintage, braided cellophane by DuPont
giving shape to the crown
the finished product
the eternal cloche
a special thank you to H. for modeling