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From the Back Cover

Since the recent royal wedding, couture hats and headpieces are gaining more attention than ever before. Featured on guests from Victoria Beckham to Sarah Ferguson’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, whimsical and sculptural hats are now splashed across the pages of fashion magazines, advertisements, and blogs. The trademark accessory of fashion muse Isabella Blow, couture hats were among the most talked about elements of the recent Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met, and a Stephen Jones Couture Hats exhibition is running at Bard from September 2011 to April 2012.

Couture Hats, a luscious gallery of modern fashion designs, will be unlike anything else on the market, artfully showcasing the most innovative work of master milliners around the world, including the likes of Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Anthony Peto, and Nasir Mazhar, designers who have all constructed numerous hats and headpieces for members and guests of the royal family, as well as celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Daphne Guinness.

Already endorsed by the creative director of Givenchy, each chapter of Couture Hats is devoted to a particular designer or design house, providing biographical information, professional philosophies, trade secrets, and intimate interviews. With hundreds of full-page, full-color photographs, these gorgeous modern hats include gravity-defying sculptural shapes to delight and inspire refined women, modern fashionistas, designers, students, aspiring milliners, and costume lovers. Even for those without the gall to wear such daring pieces, these hats will fascinate all creative minds.

Among the designers included are:

Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen
Philip Treacy
Stephen Jones
Noel Stewart
House of Flora
Heather Huey
Tour de Force
Àngel Coll
Manuel Albarran
Claudia Schulz
Edwina Ibbotson
Tolentino Haute Hats
Charlie Le Mindu
Simon Ekrelius
Piers Atkinson
Emma Yeo
William Chambers
Ellen Christine
Anya Caliendo
Dinu Bodiciu
Gustavo Adolfo Tari
Irene Bussemaker
Dayna Pinkham

About the Author

Louis Bou is an expert in the fields of art, graphic design, photography, and fashion, and is the author of more than forty books on these subjects. He has photographed mo­dels, artists, and actors, filmed and directed a music video for the Spanish band Alive, and is currently the photographer and art director for a feature film that will become a web series. In 2012, Louis opened his design studio, Mista Studio in Madrid, Spain.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006213342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062133427
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis Bou is an expert in the fields of art, graphic design, photography, and fashion, and is the author of more than forty books on these subjects. He has photographed mo­dels, artists, and actors, filmed and directed a music video for the Spanish band Alive, and is currently the photographer and art director for a feature film that will become a web series. In 2012, Louis opened his design studio, Mista Studio in Madrid, Spain.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GMun on October 4, 2012
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This book houses a cross section of modern milliners. It is not a book of historical designers nor is it a wealth of information on the designers themselves, but it is a nice reference for anyone interested in millinery. My one concern is that most, if not all of the pictures in the book, can be found online. The price isn't bad for them coming bound together, but if you can get a hold of the names of the designers highlighted in the book, you could probably build your own compendium.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By candee on April 3, 2013
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Fun book.Just looking at this book makes you happy,Just thank someone wore this hat. After looking at this book,I said to myself!!I can make that ,so I did.Love a book full of pictures and info.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Victor on January 2, 2013
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Brilliant. Highly recommend this for milliners and hat lovers. Will be used often for research, information and inspiration. Regards, Kathleen Victor Millinery
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By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2013
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This book provides a very exhilarating and fresh look at hats. Featured designers represent cutting edge work, which invigorates the imagination and inspires creativity. However, I regret that there is not more information on the designers and the context of each hat. For instance, it would be great to read about the themes that inspired the work, as well as the material used to create each piece. Craving Context!
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