Canada’s Pride: Maria Curcic, Millinery Designer Extaordinaire!

20150519_102159Two new Maria Curcic hats arrived yesterday. This Paris born-and-trained millinery designer is a master.  First out of the box was a work of art called To The Symphony  a stunning veiled headband style with a front-and-centre vintage rhinestone pin that is almost badge-like. DSC_0064 (1) (1)

The large Duchesse silk bow dominates a diamond dot veil with occasional pearl accents to lighten its effect. A true marvel of creativity. I had gone to Maria for a spring topper hoping to get away from black as I have so much of it, but when I saw this, I had to have it, despite all of the tempting colorful hats and fascinators she has prepared for the season.  Maria’s professional photo shoots with models STELA LICINA AND NELLY A. speak for themselves!DSC_0220

Although I was tempted by this blue beauty,  the second treasure I opted for, called  Parisian Playtime,  is just as dear but not quite as dramatic. 20150520_081015

A swirl of cream-coloured simamay, trimmed in black, forms a nest for a spray of multi-coloured feathers. All atop a circular base of  polka dotted straw. The hat feels weightless. It will be tough deciding which to wear tonight when I present a Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show at Montgomery Inn in Toronto.  4ab32e1704411513429481318c32f2e3 (1)I have been wearing Spy in the Dark  (a black Maria Curcic, of courseto my Legacy of Lace shows, but that hat deserves its own post.  More to come soon on Maria Curcic (such a talented artist). Check out her eBay site!

I hope I have inspired you to pop on a hat and enjoy a cup of tea with friends at some point during this glorious spring season.  Or sit down alone and leaf through a copy of 1,000 Hats.  You will be happy you did.

Published by Norma Shephard

I'm the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum & author of five books on vintage fashion.

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