The dress is going to travel the world, being posted from participant to participant, and each person wears the dress, takes photos, and posts it on.
I would have liked to participate, but I'm not in a great position to fit into regular clothes. I love the idea however, and I immediately thought about sending one of my hats on such a journey.
This is what I would like to do: Design and make a hat, and send it around Australia and the rest of the world, with people wearing it and sharing photos.
I'd love to hear whether this is an idea that appeals to people, and any suggestions or requests as to what kind/period of hat I might make for it. I'd like to do something vintage, as my main interest at the moment, but I don't know beyond that.
I'm going to try to make it something relatively small so postage isn't ridiculous, something that will fit any head size and be quite versatile with regards to styling. If I can find a small-but-pretty box, the participants can sign that as it travels, too.
Some thoughts about portable hat possibilities:
- A small hat - e.g. a fifties half hat, small pillbox, small tilt hat
|Hats in this style are not always tiny, but aren't too big. (AWW 1953)|
|Hat from Saks Fifth Avenue, 1940s (Metropolitan Museum of Art)|
|Etsy seller MyVintageHatShop, sold. I've wanted to make one since I saw it!|
- A felt hat, but made with thermofelt, so it can be packed flat - e.g. a cloche, tilt hat
|"Nita Naldi and Friends c.1927" (maudelynn.tumblr.com)|
|Nancy Carroll (1920s Writer blog)|
- A fabric hat, that can be packed flat - e.g. a fur hat, cap, beret
|Maybe something similar to this black Dior number could be done in a flattenable form? (AWW 1952)|
|I couldn't find this except on Pinterest, but apparently it is actress Merle Oberon|
- A whimsy (I do like the name "Sisterhood of the Travelling Whimsy"...)
|Etsy seller vintagehatgalore|
|Etsy seller foundundertheeaves|
- A headband - e.g. a 1920s beaded band
|Alma Bennett, 1926 (Valentino Vamp on Tumblr)|
|Etsy seller, AntiqueLaceHeirlooms|
Would you participate in a Travelling Hat experience? What kind of headwear would you like it to be? Any other suggestions for portable hats?