Kokoscnik Inspired Headpiece
crystals, brocade, cardboard, sewing, glass beads, pearls, chiffon, and headband
11″ x 5.5″
“I am 17, an illustrator and milliner, and I am for the most part a self taught artist. I sew a bit as well. My influences come from a lot of historical fashion/costume, fantasy work, and cultural pieces.
The inspiration for this piece came largely from Russian Kokoshnik headpieces and other eastern European bridal headpieces. I’m also quite inspired by Madonna-esque silhouettes in my work. A sort of halo appears often in both my 3D and illustration.
I am not really trained at all in making headpieces/hats, I’ve created my own way of putting them together, and overall my method is: chaos. I never did a sketch for this particular piece, I just went into Michael’s and laid the materials out to make sure they would suit each other.
From my original inspiration of Kokoshniks, I had a general idea of how I wanted the beading to be placed, and made it up as I went along. It took me perhaps a total of 6 hours to complete it. I myself am modeling it, with make up I made up on the fly, and I am now wondering if perhaps I should have sent photos of it on a head form instead. In your opinion, does my presence seem to detract or add to the piece?”