Sculptural Headwear for Earthlings by Jasmin Zorlu
In High School, I aspired to be a clothing designer, and was admitted to Otis-Parsons in Los Angeles. Instead I decided to go to the University of Michigan and follow a liberal arts education, earning a degree in Art History. In my Junior year, I took a Millinery course offered by the theater department, and was instantly hooked. I moved to New York City shortly after graduation and assisted the hatter Rod Keenan, and several other milliners, including James Coviello and Tracy Watts. I also obtained a degree in Accessory Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, moving out to the west coast for a brief foray into Footwear Design.
In San Francisco, I designed women's caps and hats for Goorin Brothers (www.goorin.com), freelancing for 2 years for them. I now live in exciting New York City again, teaching Millinery in the Fashion school at Parsons the New School for Design. I also teach independent workshops on my own, in Freeform Hat Blocking and Cocktail Hatmaking with Horsehair.
Come visit my studio in the beautiful Ditmas Park, Brooklyn and try on my hats! You may even find one you fall in love with. I work with fish leather, straws, horeshair (called crinoline also), wool felt, and reclaimed cashmere. 95% of my work is completely done by hand and is one-of-a-kind.
Erykah Badu, Bjork, Kat Von D (bought through Etsy!) Neil Young, and Tom Waits have my hats. Read a recent article which appeared in 'O, the Oprah Magazine' in March: