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1940s Perch Hat

Design Concept & Execution

I designed costumes for a production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and I wanted to fabricate a 1940s perch hat for one of my actresses. Using a historically accurate Vogue pattern from which to base my design, I created the base of the hat using felted wool and millinery wire to compose and maintain the shape. When finished, the hat completed the overall look and silhouette of a sophisticated, 1940s woman that I wanted to achieve for the character. 

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