From feathers, lace, netting and even hair, hats at the Dubai World Cup 2012 were as extravagant as ever. Bright colours ruled in the millinery stakes, with shocks of pinks, oranges and yellows dominating track side.
Precious Vintage Favorite hats @ DWC 12:
By far the most show stopping though, were two hats made completely out of hair and sculpted to represent the iconic Burj Khalifa and, fitting for the occasion, a horse. The creations were the work of local salons Formul’A Hairdressing Academy and VOG Color Your Life and apparently took days to construct.
Is a hat a frivolous accessory or a necessity? When looking into its history it quickly becomes apparent that it has been both. Headwear for women began in earnest during the Middle Ages when the church decreed that their hair must be covered.
|During the first half of the nineteenth century the bonnet dominated women’s fashion, becoming very large with many ribbons, flowers, feathers and gauze trims giving an appearance of even greater size. By the end of the century, although bonnets were still prevalent, many other styles were to be found, including wide brims with flat crowns, the flower pot and the toque – feathers and veils abounded.Although early in the 1900’s most hats were enormous and adorned with flowers, feathers, ribbons and tulle, by the mid 1920’s women’s hair had become much shorter with the shingle cut and the cloche, which hugged the head like a helmet with a very small brim, had come into fashion. Now, after World War 1, there was suddenly such a proliferation of styles and materials that many women had to rely on the advice of milliners.From the 1930’s to the 1950’s it could be said that New York, with its many European immigrants had become the world’s leading millinery city, with department stores such as Sacs Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman leading the way with their own millinery workrooms.
During the 1930’s and 40’s the tendency was for hats to have higher crowns with smaller brims and once it was War-Time again, it was mainly the trims which were changed with women making do with turbans made from pre-war materials.
By the 1950’s the arrival of ready-to-wear clothes was robbing the milliners of their crucial part in the world of fashion. Equally during the War many women, who had not previously worked, found themselves employed and were then loathed to lose their new-found freedom and independence. This new situation meant, however, that they no longer had so much time or energy to spend on being fashionable.
In the 1960’s the hat was once again overtaken by wigs and hairdressers, who colored, back-combed and sprayed women’s hair into exotic ‘sculptures’. Both men and women also realized that they could dress less formally and the hat was inevitably a temporary casualty. However, in the 1980’s and 90’s there has been a revival of interest in women’s millinery. This was instigated, to a large extent, by public figures such as the late Princess of Wales’s enthusiasm for wearing hats. Many new hat designers have emerged because of this, and therefore has made the 90’s a very innovative and diverse period for hats.
Since their invention, hats have come and gone as status symbols, uniforms and fashion statements as well as being functional sports and protective headgear.
Abaya theme is the current exhibition at The Ara Gallery- March 18-April 20. This exhibition brings together 6 Emirati women, who happen to be emerging Emirati artists, translating what the Abaya means to them: from exposing the traditional ways our grandmothers showed their belonging to their culture, to abstract representations of the black Abaya; the personal touches each woman adds to her Abaya in modern day, to drawing styles inspired by the renaissance times. This collection captures the essence of the Abaya and transforms it into more than just a black piece of cloth, but a symbol of pride, beauty, and individuality. Each artist captures the meaning of the Abaya to her, and transforms it into a work of art that reflects her own interpretation of it.Through this exhibition, the Abaya is presented through the eyes of those who wear it. It is translated into a form of expression, a form of art.
Featuring works created exclusively for this exhibition by: Alia Hussain Lootah | Maitha Demithan | Moaza Matar | Shamma Al Amri | Sheikha Aysha Saqer Al Qassimi | Zeinab Al Hashemi
My two favorite Art work at the event were by Artists Moaza Matar & Shamma Al Amri
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Precious vintage 1st event was at ZUCarnival 12 @ the Rabbit hole booth- The event took place March 6th & 7th 2012,I would like to thank the Rabbit hole for offering me a space at their Booth & the team members for helping to sell for the past two days. It was great experience & i met wonderful people at Zayed University.
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