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(**I just moved back to Seattle- my home town! I'll update my profile soon... stay tuned for a total revamp and new product!***)

My name is Vanessa, and I am an American designer, living in western Ireland. After moving here in 2009, I discovered a passion for Millinery that combines my love of fashion and accessories with my obsession with history and vintage glamour.

All the pieces for Wishbone are designed and hand made by me, with love and attention to detail, using with the highest quality vintage and contemporary materials.

I was born and raised in Seattle and educated at RISD. After 10+ years designing women's wear in NYC, I left the Fashion Industry and my beloved Brooklyn, and moved with my 2 cats to my boyfriend's hometown in rural Co. Mayo…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 15
  • Joined October 30, 2009

Favorite materials

feathers, Russian and French veiling, silk ribbon and fabric, vintage appliques and costume jewelry, bits and pieces of unique materials sourced from fashion capitals to village markets around the world

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About

(**I just moved back to Seattle- my home town! I'll update my profile soon... stay tuned for a total revamp and new product!***)

My name is Vanessa, and I am an American designer, living in western Ireland. After moving here in 2009, I discovered a passion for Millinery that combines my love of fashion and accessories with my obsession with history and vintage glamour.

All the pieces for Wishbone are designed and hand made by me, with love and attention to detail, using with the highest quality vintage and contemporary materials.

I was born and raised in Seattle and educated at RISD. After 10+ years designing women's wear in NYC, I left the Fashion Industry and my beloved Brooklyn, and moved with my 2 cats to my boyfriend's hometown in rural Co. Mayo...

At first I loved being away from fashion, trading high heels for for a pair of Wellies. Surrounded by cows and green fields and boys on tractors, I only occasionally got dressed up for a night out at the local pub.

I threw myself into learning about farming, gardening and cooking, and I read all the books I never had time to read... soon, though, I missed getting dressed up and I needed a little more drama in my life, a little more elegance...

Simultaneously, I was pondering Irish fashion and my place in it and discovering that one of the paradoxes of rural Ireland is that the women here LOVE fashion. They love trend and color and all things sparkly and feminine. I noticed all of the Fascinators and hair accessories at the weddings I was attending became totally obsessed, and not long after, Wishbone was born!

I began designing one-of-a-kind Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Bridal Headpieces in my little studio overlooking the garden and grazing cattle... I'm still wearing my Wellies, getting mucky on the farm, and trying to grow all my own veg and herbs, but now it is balanced with the beauty of gorgeous feathers and sparkly vintage findings!

So many things inspire me it is hard to list them all. I suppose it comes down to strong spirited, sensual, confident women and dramatic or passionate displays of emotions...

I love Pioneers and Femme Fatales; Rebels and Lovers; Intellectuals and Outlaws; people who stand for Freedom and people who fight for Love.

I am inspired by Culture and History; Flamenco and Russian Ballet; Janis Joplin, Marlene Dietrich and Helmut Newton. I love the glamour of Old Hollywood and Cabaret. I love the 1920s-40's; and the hippy years. I am a gypsy at heart and I should have been a silent movie actress. I am interested in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and I love to read historical fiction and Latin/South American poetry.

Well, there's a little bit about me. Thank you for your interest in Wishbone!
Cheers, v

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