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Laurence Bossion Fall 2015: Menswear Inspired Hats - FashionWindows


Lately I have been working on the idea of transmission, emphasising certain details from men’s suits. I create unique pieces, directly cutting into vintage suits and bringing forward such details as pockets, collar lapel, interior lining or tailor canvas.These selected pieces often bear no emotions for the un initiated eye. But for anyone with a sensitivity to it, built through a history of working these materials, seeing the stitches in them and knowing all the workshop hours going into them, then they become really touching….

And what a pleasure to shed light on those little nothings which make everything.

It becomes a game to choose from those details directly cut into men’s suits and to give them a second birth as a cap, a beret or a cloche. Little fabrication secrets are unveiled so their initial role can be explained. They contribute to this unique piece which now keeps the original pocket, the secret opening as its specific character, just like that of the person who will wear the hat, almost in symbiosis. Each person can chose the detail which will move them.

The apparent masculinity of a classical men’s fabric is now underlined with fine leather, a patina, feathers or draped men’s ties, mixing masculine and feminine codes amid the shapes and materials. In the same way, day and night fabrics find themselves interverted,…

Prince de Galles petals are patined with red and blend themselves with faisan feathers to become spectacular head pieces or playful fascinators.
Materials interact with one another, a dialogue seems be born between a strict felt and frivolous tutu.

Metamorphosis has its importance : the hats divide and multiply themselves using zips which can separate each piece or link others together, a veil adorning a brim becomes a necklace, nothing is lost, everything is created, transformed and transmitted.