Kentucky Derby Milliners from LA to NYC

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 1, 2018

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT

A round up of our favorite Kentucky Derby Milliners from LA to NYC and beyond ; here to help you get inspired for the 2018 Kentucky Derby festivities! There’s only 1 month left… so get your Feathered Derby Hats and Fascinators orders in ASAP. Click through on the image for milliner websites and info!

“Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” one of the greatest people-watching events in the world!”

LOS ANGELES, CA Arturo Rios

Arturo Rios is a new generation of talented Fashion Hat Designers from Los Angeles, California; learned his exceptional skills and techniques from legendary Italian hat designer, Karen Indreland. Since 2005, Arturo has been designing fabulous couture headwear worn by famous personalities and clients around the world. Arturo was recently featured in an episode of PBS’s webseries ARTICULATE with Jim Cotter. Watch it here! 

NEW YORK, NY Christine Moore

In 1990 she moved to NYC to assist milliner Rodney Gordon. Under Rodney’s great supervision, Christine created hats for many Opera, Ballet and Broadway productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Will Roger’s Follies, Crazy for You, and many more. In 1994 she established Christine A. Moore Millinery in NYC on 34th Street between the fashion and accessories districts.  Although Christine designs a wide range of hats, she is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby, two of which are in the Kentucky Derby Museum from when she was named the 2009 “Official Milliner” of the Kentucky Derby Museum. In March of 2018 she was named “Featured Milliner of Kentucky Derby 144”

LOUISVILLE, KY Britni Lynn Knable

Britni’s love of fashion began as a child and continues today. She studied at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago where she landed a coveted position with Chicago milliner, Linda Campisano. There she quickly discovered that hats and bridal wear were her true passion. After college she headed to New York City, where she studied under world renowned milliner, Tracy Watts. With strong local roots, Britni returned to Louisville to design race day and wedding headwear.

NEW YORK, NY Leah Chalfen

After receiving her bachelor of arts in foreign languages from Temple University, she studied millinery at New York City’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology, completed her graduate study under master milliner Patricia Underwood and trained with the head milliner of the Metropolitan Opera’s costume department.  She was also asked by Tim Gunn of Project Runway, to teach millinery at the famed Parson’s School of Design in New York City where she did so for several years.  

LOUISVILLE, KY Jenny Pfanenstiel

Jenny Pfanenstiel, Master Milliner and owner of Formé Millinery, is internationally recognized for her award winning craft of hand creating and sculpting hats using the highest quality and rare materials found all over the world. Since moving to Louisville, she has had the honor of being named the 2018 “Official Milliner” of the Kentucky Derby Museum.  You can find her permanent hat display at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

AUSTRALIA Cynthia Jones-Bryson March 2017 – Best Millinery at Kentucky Derby, USA

Cynthia Jones-Bryson is an award-winning Australian milliner. She has been designing and making award-winning millinery for the last 16 years. Cynthia studied Fashion Design at Canberra Institute of Technology, with Millinery being one of her chosen subjects. She went on to live in London for several years where she undertook a number of theatrical millinery courses culminating in a love for all things headwear.

Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 28, 2018

in FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

The unique Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose began as chance encounter with costume feathers and masks. Since then Laura Lee’s Feather Fantasies have evolved into a full time life’s work and passion. Using naturally molted and ethically sourced feathers, Lorra Lee Rose painstaking hand selects each feather one by one creating beautiful Feathered Human Figures, Masks and Crystal works of art.

Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee RoseFeather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

“Her sense of respect for the birds that provide her their molted feathers leads Lorra Lee to honor them in turn, by using their precious gift to create beautiful work that is worthy of their natural beauty.

The recipient of numerous awards, private commissions, showings at art festivals, and exhibits in museums, Lorra Lee has maintained a flourishing career as a prolific artist. – CODA Gallery

Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

You can find these Feather Arts and Fantasies at the CODA Gallery or commision your own piece by contacting the artist.Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

Feather filled movie scenes like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance sequence in the movie Top Hat and Alicia Silverstone’s iconic marabou topped pen in Clueless, have had a way of captivating the silver screen over the generations. With the Academy Awards this weekend, we wanted to look back at 7 of our favorite feathered moments from the silver screen starting with Jasmine Guy’s nominated roaring 20’s feathered look in the movie Harlem Nights.

Harlem Nights’ Joe I. Tompkins was nominated for an Academy Award for best costume design and we can see why just by looking at this movie still of the lovely Jasmine Guy as Dominique La Rue. Of course we love the Ostrich Feather details used throughout the whole film! And while the movie is now a cult classic, the costume design is enough reason to re-watch this movie.

Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller set in the world of professional ballet, is a stylish treat with Rodarte-designed ballet costumes, showcasing black feathers, Swarovski crystals and tulle. We loved it! These costumes were truly a work of art, they were put on display at The Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011.

This romantic, period-film has been the inspiration for countless “Great Gatsby” theme parties and feather fashion trends! 2013’s movie The Great Gatsby based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel and directed by Baz Luhrmann starred Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby also won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. 12 of the original costumes designed by Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin were also put on display in Paris and New York City.

With a pastel hued color palette inspired by french macaroons ; costume designer Milena Canonero also won an Oscar for Best Costume Design in the Sofia Coppola directed 2006 film Marie Antoinette. We like to play this movie on repeat at the Los Angeles showroom. We are really looking forward to seeing who will win this year and to see what the stars will be wearing.

Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd embodies the Look of Love in the ultimate spy spoof of all time; Casino Royale 1967 . This movie is full of fun and witty feather filled movie scenes and wardrobe.


A true CLASSIC; Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1935 Top Hat “Cheek to Cheek” dance sequence is most inspiring! The graceful dance moves and flowing feathers truly captivated the audience over the generations! And that Ostrich Feather DRESS…! It’s Heaven!   Watch for yourselves below.

Did you know that “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers hit their peak in Top Hat, and of the five dances in the film, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ has become symbolic of their on-screen symbiosis. The number was nearly ruined, however, by Rogers’ ostrich-trimmed dress, which shed tiny feathers as Astaire spun her around the dance-floor, spoiling his tails. Rogers was adamant the bias-cut gown she had designed with Bernard Newman was perfect for the role, but Sinatra wanted to switch it for a feather-less number. It was only when Rogers threatened to walk that he relented. It took a present to get Rogers back on set. “Dear Feathers, I love ya! Fred”, read the note to accompany a gold feather for her charm bracelet.”

“As if”… We could ever forget this iconic scene of Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in the teen classic Clueless! Simple, yet memorable and so easy to DIY with Marabou Boas, Satin Ribbon and a Pen!

Feather Filled Movie Scenes

Houston’s Ballet Ball Most Stunning Costumes and Couture paid tribute to the company’s upcoming production of Swan Lake.  Of course most notably were the feather coated couture gowns worn by ball chair and guests who raised more than 1.4 million dollars for the Hurricane Harvey damaged ballet theater.

“On this grand evening, no one was more spectacular than ball chair Hallie Vanderhider, who dressed for the first part of the evening in a couture Naeem Khan gown composed of 3,500 hand-sewn, black coque feathers (rooster tails) flowing with a mammoth train. (The dress was delivered to the party tent where Vanderhider donned it before guests arrived as it was too large even for a Bentley.) Then, as Party on the Moon took over the stage for dancing, she changed into a fuchsia Monique Lhuillier organza gown plumed with matching ostrich feathers…” 

Among the swans gliding through the scene in feathers were Fady Armanious dressed in a bespoke white dinner jacket from India and a feathered tulle cape, which he made himself, ballet board chair Phoebe Tudor, her white gown and feathered cape, both by Monique Lhuillier, former Ballet Ball chair Beth Muecke with feathers in her hair wearing a black and white gown by Houston’s Becky Hollands…

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Elie Saab Feathered Haute Couture

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on February 7, 2018

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Elie Saab Feathered Haute Couture 2018 runway presentation “Paris est une Fête” was a parisian 1920’s fairytale come true. Always ultra feminine and luxurious, Saab’s designs are draped in ostrich feathers, peek-a-boo metallic details and Swarovski crystals! Scroll though to see 38 of our favorite Elie Saab Feathered Haute Couture for Spring 2018.

In a largely subdued palette of champagne, silvery blue, and black with just a hint of rose, each look was beaded, bejeweled, feathered, and wrapped in a bow to varying degrees. -Vogue

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