MOE June Challenge - Inspired by 1989 movie "Brenda Star"
Story behind the hat:
This is for the Milliner's of Etsy June Challenge (now August). While 1989 "Brenda Starr" may not be my favorite movie as far as plot, the costuming by Bob Mackie certainly left an impression and was my inspiration for this hat. The movie Heroine, played by Brooke Shields, wore what seemed an endless parade of hats. From the ostentatiously large brimmed straw hats, to the double high pillbox, to the uniquely styled head hugging styles, this movie was more about costuming than plot. I wanted to create something unexpected both in shape and material, which led me to use a toyo straw hood shaped on a vintage beret hat block. I used a head wire to hold the beret shape in addition to a brim wire that allowed the shaping of a sort of bill / brim that rolls up in back. Our Brenda Starr would need both a pop of color achieved with the red feathers and an exagerated element achieved with the extra long peacock plume that protrudes from the red and black/green feather accents. A row of pearl beading accents the beret shape. One more element was needed. Something that made the hat feel not quite in line with the typical styling of the time period. A Cameo added a vintage feel that keeps the hat somewhat grounded in tradition. The crown was stiffened to hold it's shape rather than allowing the hat to slouch in the traditional beret style. I had so much fun with this one, I have since made a similar white hat. http://www.flixster.com/movie/brenda-starr/#
This Black Straw Beret with Brim Toyo Straw Hat has red and black feathers accented with a vintage style cameo that conjurs a 1920s flapper feel. The single strand of purchased pearl trim enhances the beret shape without overwhelming the feather trim. The brim rolls up in back and is wired to maintain shape. Sits low on a 21" head and will perch higher on a larger size head.